Advice To Those Thinking About Changing Majors

Advice To Those Thinking About Changing Majors

Achieve the goals that make you happy.

I am currently in my fourth year of school. I do not expect to graduate until 2019 and recently I decided to change my major from Special Education to English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Communication. It took a lot of self evaluation for me to push myself to follow what I knew would be right for me. It wasn't easy. I needed to make sure I was going to be able to find something in a field that would make me happy. And I did. Something I could see myself succeeding in and changing the minds of others. And hey, I will still graduate in 2019 with no extra time spent.

Changing your major can be difficult. A lot of those who do so want approval form family and for the support needed. It can be a long process as well. Getting in contact with someone from your new program and then discussing your options in that major. It's time commitment you need to put in to it to make it all work out. But, once it's set in stone, it's so worth it. You won't regret it. I promise.

Remember, though, you are doing this for you and only you. You are the person that needs to be happy with the career you want to achieve. If you feel that your current path isn't working out, then you need to evaluate your goals and look at the pros and cons. Don't be afraid to change your major just because no one else will approve. Others will eventually come around to seeing your happiness in a new area and will be so happy you at least have had a college education.

Make sure your new major will help you achieve goals or teach you new ideas and skills. You don't want to pick a major that proves to be too difficult and leads to failure. The time and energy to go through that may not be something one wants to experience. Take the time to think about it. This will let you explore other options before settling with one that will make you happier. You will also get to see how many classes you will need to graduate and the different careers in that field (which can be helpful).

Lastly, use this experience as a learning experience. You will learn a lot about your goals, wants, needs, and what exactly makes you happy. It's going to change your outlook on the world around you and create a more positive outlook for the future. The last thing you want to do is graduate with a degree in something you don't want or won't make you happy. You won't enjoy a career in that field. Always do it for yourself and the life you want to lead. Who knows? Maybe this could change someone else's outlook for their own future now that they see you happier than ever.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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Don't Be Afraid of Changing Your College Plan

It really isn't THAT bad...


I can't claim to have any deep wisdom on life, but I at least have some good experience with a highly turbulent college career. I started as a game design major in a tech college in Rochester, NY, transferred to a college in Texas, and now I'm an English major at CofC.

My college life has been something of a roller coaster.

But I regret none of it. Maybe it would have been easier to stick to the track I was on initially, but I would never have been fully satisfied with it. Now I've finally found my place and, even though it may have taken a lot of shifting around, it was undoubtedly worthwhile.

I don't mean to say that everyone who is slightly dissatisfied with their major should transfer all over the country and change their major(I had to sacrifice the ability to get a minor because of the path I took, so I wouldn't recommend it to most people). I just believe that if you find yourself not liking the classes that are vital to your major or if you can't find a place at your current college, then changing your major or transferring isn't as horrible as you might imagine.

When I started college I was completely confident in what I wanted to do and what my future would look like. I thought it would be ridiculous for someone to stray from their initial path. That idea led to me deciding to transfer later than was smart.

I think everyone should know that having to change your plans for the future, sometimes in dramatic ways, isn't a bad thing. No matter how scary transferring and changing majors can seem, many people have done it before you and many will after, you aren't alone.

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