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Students enter college to discover what they want to do when they graduate, but students who start with an intended major in mind may be ahead of the game.

According to an ACT report, students who pick a major and stick with it throughout college have a 55 percent greater chance of achieving a degree in that major.

The most recent report conducted by ACT claimed that high school graduates who keep an intended major until their second year of college were 50 percent more likely to stick with that major.

"When I was an incoming freshman, I chose English as my major," said Gloria Hernandez, a senior English major. "In high school I was all into the novels we read, so it only made sense."

The ACT test is not only used to measure academic skills, but also offers other programs to ensure a soon-to-be high school graduate with the ability to find information critical to their college process, according to ACT President Jon Erickson.

Students are offered the use of the ACT Interest Inventory, which is used to provide information about the type of career and major that will match their interests by means of the ACT World of Work Map.

Other factors that play a role in the success of an intended major are academic achievement level, certainty of a planned major and being a four-year college student versus a two-year student.

For students who are not aware of the ACT programs, graduating high school seniors are able to fully benefit from to help create an easier path to success.

"When I got into college, by my second year I had changed my major three times," said Shelby Hahn, a junior interpersonal communications major. "Being aware of these programs could have made students' first couple of years in school easier."

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Anne Shirley Lewis is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.

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