It's 100% OK To Change Your Major In College

Changing Your Major Does Not Make You A Quitter

College is full of changes, this is just one of them.

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College is a time for a big change.

Living without your parents for the first time, being in a new environment, meeting new people, and taking classes that will actually matter for your future. It can also be a time for a change in other ways. Every college graduate I have talked to in my family changed their major at least once. My mom changed her's three times. Even still, changing your major can be a difficult decision and can even make you feel guilty. If you really think about it, college is supposed to be about discovering your passion, and so what if your passion isn't your original major? This is the rest of your life we're talking about here! Just because you discover you're not actually interested in something does not mean you are a quitter. You can't be afraid to change your major because you're worried about what other people think; this is the thing you will be doing for the rest of your life. Not every high school has pre-major programs to help you find out what you love, so for some people, college is experimental for the first and even second year.

I was especially worried about what people would think when I was considering changing my major because I would be switching out of STEM.

I felt as if I was letting down every woman who was told they couldn't make it in STEM, and I was proving every sexist person out there right. It is so important to have women in STEM, but only if they actually want to be there. That goes for any person in any major. You can't force yourself to stay in a major to meet other's expectations because you will only be hurting yourself. College is about YOU. Don't be afraid to be a little bit selfish to ensure that you are happy with your future.

One thing I have realized that has made it hard to change my major is that my whole life, I have been taught that the things you love most are hobbies, not careers.

It sucks that we've all been pressured into thinking this because you should be able to enjoy your job. I know so many people who were surprised that I wasn't pursuing a degree in English or writing because I've always been so passionate about those things. Once I really thought about it, I knew it was because I was afraid that writing was just a hobby, not a viable career. The thing is, if you are really passionate about something, you can't let fear get in the way. You just have to go for it.

Use college to find what you're really passionate about. If you're already pursuing that, great job! If you're not, don't be afraid to change. Life can wait. Find what you love, and get out there and do it.

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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.
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Hey,

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?

Sincerely,

Me

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Don't Be Afraid of Changing Your College Plan

It really isn't THAT bad...

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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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