10 Questions To Ask Yourself When Considering Changing Your Major

10 Questions To Ask Yourself When Considering Changing Your Major

Are you 100% sure?
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Changing your major can be a seriously life-altering decision and you need to make sure that this is what you want and are ready for. If you are considering the change, you should probably think through it before you make the leap. Here are ten questions you should ask yourself before changing your major.

1. Am I really interested in my current course?

If you are honestly not interested in the course at all, branching out may be a good option.

2. Am I considering switching because I'm not doing that well?

If the answer is yes, then maybe try sticking it out for a bit longer. You might find that it gets easier as you get

3. Am I genuinely interested in another major?

If you are interested in another major, try finding out more about it, talk to other students about it, ask faculty, take a few classes in it, try out some of the things other students in that major do to find out if you are really interested.

4. Why am I looking for the change?

Find the root cause of why you actually want to change. Is it because you are more interested in another major or are you just one of those people that like making really big decisions or could it be because of external factors like your parents or being in a bad situation or anything like that. If you find that you want to change because you like the new major, go ahead.

5. Do I know enough about this new major?

You need to really do a lot of research to find out if this major is right for you before switching. If you don't you could be disappointed. Make sure you understand the course requirements of the new major as well as the job prospects in that field before making the jump.

6. What if I don't like this new major?

What if you don't like this major, just like you didn't like the last one. What then? Try and avoid this situation by making absolutely sure that this major is right for you before you dive in.

7. Am I happy with other aspects of my life?

It may not actually be the major. If you are unhappy with other things going on in your life right now, it may seem like the right idea to make a major decision but it may not be. You are making that decision hoping that it will change your unhappiness but it's not that simple and could lead to a lot of trouble down the road if you find later that you should have stayed put. Maybe spend some time trying to find the root cause of the problem and solve it rather than making a hasty decision. If you find that the problem is a wrong major, go ahead and change it.

8. What year am I in?

Sorry to say it but if you are a senior or junior, changing your major might not be the wisest decision if you want to graduate on time. But hey, if you are completely sure this is what you want then go for it.

9. How much will it cost me to switch my major?

Needless to say, if you switch your major, it could affect when you graduate. This, in turn, would affect the cost of college a lot. You need to understand the impact this move will have on both your ability to graduate and the cost of that delayed graduation. College is already really expensive. Is your need of a major change enough to warrant that extra cost?

10. Am I happy with my current major?

If you are not happy with your current major, go ahead and change it.



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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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10 Special Places In Your Hometown You Can't Wait To Revisit When The Semester Is Over

I can't wait to go home!

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Everyone has their favorite local spots that they love in their hometown. These could be famous staples that everyone knows about, or your little getaway when life was hitting you hard growing up. Since being away from home I never understood how important they were to me until I wasn't there. It doesn't matter if you live in Maine or California, everyone has their spot or multiple spots.

Here is a list of 10 places that you will stop at once you get home.

1. Your Favorite Local Restaurant(s)

This restaurant or restaurants always come through whenever you want to eat your favorite food(s). It always made everything to perfection, and nearly every person knows your name in there.

2. Coffee Shop

The place that you always can meet your friends, or a quite place to get work done.

3. High School 

Going back to your local high school is always a positive walk down memory lane to see all your old teachers, and people that affected your life for the better.

4. Friends' Houses 

So many memories are there, and it's always so refreshing to see their faces and talk to people that you have grown up with.

5. Nature Spots 

You know those places that whenever you get to them can make you so much happier and more relaxed? That's what I'm talking about.

6. Walking Around Your Neighborhood 

Walking around your neighborhood is always fun, and you get to see a bunch of familiar faces.

7. Your Bed 

Because what's better than that...

8. Your Local Church 

It is always nice to see your youth group and elders whenever you come back.

9. Grandparents' House

You know when you are going over something good is always waiting behind the door.

10. Top Of A Parking Garage 

The ultimate best view to watch fireworks, sunsets, and sun rises.

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