To Be or Not to Be Undecided
For students who have focused primarily on their academic careers in high school, picking a major may be especially daunting. Studying and working hard towards an overall goal of going to college can seem confusing when the time for college arrives, and you have no idea what you want to do from there. As the great graduation song "Sunscreen" says, "Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives; some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't." At 18 and entering college, it's more than okay to be undecided about what you want to do with your college career.
However, if you are certain of a specific field--yet just don't know what you want to do in that field--it may greatly benefit you to start college with that major. You will be able to quickly see if any of the jobs within that field work for you. Sometimes choosing a broad field means that you like the idea of the subject matter, yet none of its particular jobs are great for your needs, talents and personality. The sooner you learn that, the better. For example, if you want to work in the movie industry, declare yourself as a film major. Most freshmen will get a chance to see if they like going to the movies only, or if editing or cinematography is truly a passion for them. If you have a passion for one particular field of study, it's best to declare yourself as that major; early on, it's easy to switch majors for something else.
Also, if you ultimately plan to be a professor or lawyer--yet don't know what subject field you want to specialize in--you may also want to declare yourself as an undecided college freshman. You will, however, want to indicate your eventual plans somewhere on your college application. Therefore, the school gets a greater idea of your overall plan.