I Changed My Major 71 Credit Hours In

I Changed My Major 71 Credit Hours In

I didn't fail my major, it just failed to be what I wanted it to be.

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When you apply to college, you have to choose a major area of study. For some, this stays "undecided"... for the next three years. For others, this is finally putting your dream in a drop-down box. For most, this is where you put what you think you could enjoy. However, the perk of dual enrolling and coming in with a significant amount of credit hours is that this process works a lot faster, but you also have to have it all together a lot earlier than most.

I entered my freshman year as a second-semester sophomore majoring in marketing. But after taking an intro into human communications class at Kennesaw State, I decided I wanted to do something with that too. I spent the summer after graduation identifying as a double major in marketing and mass communication. I came to UGA orientation to quickly find out that "mass communication" is not actually something you can major in here. I talked with my advisor and decided on Public Relations without even really understanding what that meant. I wanted to work for a makeup company and all my favorite YouTubers talk about their "PR boxes", so this is the major I chose. Come to find out, the PR in the infamous makeup gifts doesn't actually stand for public relations at all.

I applied to the Grady college of mass communication and journalism and was accepted into public relations within my first semester on campus. I started taking basic business classes that I needed to take before applying to Terry college of business in the fall. I took economics. I hated it. I suffered through accounting this semester and dread studying for it or doing homework and the tests are some of the most painful experiences of my life- and they're multiple choice. After my second accounting test didn't go as well as I had hoped, I started to reevaluate. Even though I was a marketing major and would probably not use a lot of what my accounting class was teaching me in my everyday career, I hated it.

For so long, I loved the reputation of a business major, a girl boss, a Terry gal, a double major. It made me feel tough. It made me feel respected and I clung to that title. I knew was marketing was but I didn't understand all the specifics of what I had just signed my life away to on my "major of study" box on my application. I put my pride aside and started to think about what it is exactly I wanted to do and what I enjoy. Because even though every major has hard classes, the major that's right for you shouldn't have miserable classes. What you take towards your degree should be at least interesting even if it's tough. And my classes just weren't that for me. However, I loved all my Grady classes. I look forward to the principles of advertising every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and journalism writing right after.

After putting "quarter-life crisis" as the subject line in my emails to my advisors, I talked through every single possibility of a double major, co-major, minor, certificate, double dawg, etc that in some way related to what I want to do. After hours on courseoff and about seven advising appointments:

I am majoring in Public Relations, but not marketing. Instead, i'm earning a minor in general business so I still have the background for the business world but through the creative side. I am also minoring in communication studies to spend some time learning how to communicate effectively within my career. I plan to earn a certificate in new media where I will gain experience with the programs and platforms I want to work with. I also am considering getting a certificate in leadership both for myself and for my job. I intend to double dawg and spend my senior year taking upper-level electives that count towards a masters in mass communication and journalism emerging media that I will earn the following spring. This pathway combines everything I want to do: technology, people, creativity, communication, advertising, business, etc.

When you tell people you dropped a business major or changed it completely, they assume you couldn't handle it. That you weren't smart enough. That they're superior because they can understand everything you couldn't. But the truth is, I didn't change my business major because I was any less than the people around me in my class. I changed because that wasn't my strength, it didn't make me happy, it took time away from what I enjoyed and didn't push me to where I wanted to be. I didn't fail at business- it failed me. It failed to be what I wanted to do with my life. And that's what matters a lot more than labels and titles and business school clout.

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8 Types Of People Fetuses Grow Into That 'Pro-Lifers' Don't Give 2.5 Shits About

It is easy to fight for the life of someone who isn't born, and then forget that you wanted them to be alive when you decide to hate their existence.

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For those in support of the #AbortionBans happening all over the United States, please remember that the unborn will not always be a fetus — he or she may grow up to be just another person whose existence you don't support.

The fetus may grow up to be transgender — they may wear clothes you deem "not for them" and identify in a way you don't agree with, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them a mentally unstable perv for trying to use the bathroom.

The fetus may grow up to be gay — they may find happiness and love in the arms of someone of the same gender, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them "vile" and shield your children's eyes when they kiss their partner.

The fetus may grow up and go to school — to get shot by someone carrying a gun they should have never been able to acquire, and their life will mean nothing to you when your right to bear arms is on the line.

The fetus may be black — they may wear baggy pants and "look like a thug", and their life will mean nothing to you when you defend the police officer who had no reason to shoot.

The fetus may grow up to be a criminal — he might live on death row for a heinous crime, and his life will mean nothing to you when you fight for the use of lethal injection to end it.

The fetus may end up poor — living off of a minimum wage job and food stamps to survive, and their life will mean nothing to you when they ask for assistance and you call them a "freeloader" and refuse.

The fetus may end up addicted to drugs — an experimentation gone wrong that has led to a lifetime of getting high and their life will mean nothing to you when you see a report that they OD'd and you make a fuss about the availability of Narcan.

The fetus may one day need an abortion — from trauma or simply not being ready, and her life will mean nothing to you as you wave "murderer" and "God hates you" signs as she walks into the office for the procedure.

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Do not tell me that you are pro-life when all of the above people could lose their lives in any way OUTSIDE of abortion and you wouldn't give 2.5 shits.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is gay or trans, you will berate them for who they are or not support them for who they love.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is poor or addicted, you will refuse the help they desperately need or consider their death a betterment of society.

You fight for the baby to be born, but when the used-to-be-classroom-of-fetuses is shot, you care more about your access to firearms than their lives.

It is easy to pretend you care about someone before they are even born, and easy to forget their birth was something you fought for when they are anything other than what you consider an ideal person.

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6 Ways I Was Able To Achieve Straight A's At The University Of Georgia This Semester

It honestly took me entirely too long to figure out how to do well in my classes.

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It is super common for students to come to the University of Georgia and have a horrible first year academically, because of the rigor and new stresses. High school doesn't prepare you for it, and it can often times make you feel really crappy about yourself. It is common for straight A students to come to UGA and start making C's. The reasons vary from studying habits to a new environment, but either way, it is the worst feeling in the world to be top of your class, and get to college and start falling behind. I haven't really made bad grades in college, but I came to UGA with a 4.2 GPA and I can assure you that was NOT the case after my first semester.

1. I stopped relying solely on my memory and used my resources.

I have always been the type of person to have a planner, but it even takes a lot to remember to look at the planner. Therefore, it was time to take things to the next level. I reminded myself of deadlines, events, and assignments in various ways to make sure I didn't slip up. This included google calendar, putting up a whiteboard in my room, notecards with important dates, etc. I have major anxiety about forgetting things, so to solve that, I just literally wrote them everywhere I possibly could.

2. I figured out why I was in college and what my purpose was.

It's hard to do something every day that you aren't even sure about. When I started to make lower grades, it was easy for me to think I was at the wrong place or doing the wrong thing. I had to really make confirm that college was for me and what I really wanted for myself. I did this by studying abroad and getting to know some of my professors. I learned that I really loved to learn and wanted to continue living in a scholarly world. All and all, I figured out that I really belonged here and I could do it.

3. I changed my major.

It was super hard for me to do this because I am the type of person that creates a plan and sticks to it. Changing my major meant that the plan was changing too, and that was one of the hardest decisions I've made. But once I changed my major to something that better fit me and what I wanted to do in the future (changed it from Risk Management and Insurance to Consumer Journalism), I was more confident and eager to make better grades.

4. I realized that everyone is in the same boat.

UGA admissions state that in 2018, the high school core GPA Overall Average of All Admitted First-Year Students was a 4.07. That means just about everyone coming in pretty much got all A's, dual enrolled, and/or took AP classes. But I can assure you, there aren't many people who continue to get those kinds of grades. And that's okay. College is much harder and it takes time to adjust. I had to realize I wasn't the only one.

5. I put school before EVERYTHING.

I missed events for my clubs, time with my friends, and I honestly probably watched Netflix a total of 10 times maximum. I decided if I was going to be in college, then it would be my first and only priority. It's easy to say that, but it's hard to miss fun things when this is supposed to be the "best four years of your life." But you kind of just have to come to terms with the fact that there will always be more chances to do those things, but if you make a bad grade it isn't necessarily going to go away.

6. When I could, I started saying YES.

It was easy for me to constantly feel like I had no time to do any more clubs or activities, but it was possible with balance and strategic planning. The more things I was involved in like UGA HEROs, Young Democrats, or even Odyssey Online, the more excited I was about what I was doing with my life. I even became a notetaker for two of my classes so I was forced to take good notes and go to class. I also studied abroad when I felt like I had absolutely no time and it turned out to be an experience that I will never forget. I said yes to things I was genuinely passionate about and things that would help me further develop skills for my future career(s).

Ultimately, to make the grades I wanted, I had to reevaluate everything I was doing and put the work in. It is all about your mindset and how far you are willing to push yourself. It's about things like being willing to do the extra credit, going to the office hours, staying in when everyone else is going out, giving yourself adequate time to study, and being surrounded by people who have similar goals. I also REALLY wanted my Zell Miller Scholarship back and I made it a goal to get there. Set goals and make them happen. If you are wanting to get better grades, my advice would be to emirs yourself completely into school. It doesn't sound super fun or cool, but it is only a few years and the return will be totally worth it. If you are studying something that you are passionate about, it shouldn't be hard to direct that energy into your schoolwork.

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