Changing Your Major

Not Becoming A Doctor Was One Of The Hardest Decisions Of My Life

It took me a while before I realized my life was mine, not anyone else's.


My parents always told me I was going to be a doctor. Not asked, told. Since I was six-years-old, they stated the unknown fact that I will definitely become one. I will help so many people. I will have so much money and live in such a huge mansion. Once I was in high school, it was stated that I was to be a pediatrician or an obstetrician or maybe even a gynecologist. It was already in my head that I was to become one of those.

And that's it. I mistook peer pressure for passion. Any other options besides doctor never even crossed my mind. I always sucked at science. I had no passion for it. My passion was reading, writing, and history. But I ignored what I was actually good at because the idea of becoming a doctor was engraved in my mind. If I don't become a doctor, what else am I gonna do with my life? I basically become a failure then, right? I disappointed my parents and crushed their dreams. I disappointed everyone who knew I was pre-med and failed to meet their high expectations for me.

It took me a very long time to realize... so what? So what if I didn't live up to the expectations other people in my life had for me? In the end, it is my life and I'm the person living it and directly dealing with my successes or consequences. After suffering through chem and bio my whole freshman year of college, I knew I could not go through 10 more years of science and then work with science every day as a doctor for the rest of my life. It was not what I was good at, it was not my passion, and it took me a very long time to accept that.

I started exploring different options. My older sister suggested I try law so I researched it and decided to give it a shot. It was ambitious but for the first time since I entered college, I was excited. Law was a mixture of all my passions and I was so hyped to learn more about the field and grow as a student.

So I went from a typical biology major on the pre-med track to a double major in psychology and political science on the pre-law track.

And it was definitely one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Now, I actually want to study and learn more. I read my political science articles with a passion I never had for chemistry or biology. I want to do better because I know I can do better and be better.

But, I won't lie, when I initially switched to pre-law, it seemed like most of the people in my life didn't believe in me. They thought I was chasing a dream far out of my reach. But they only thought this way because, in their minds, science is the only subject you can succeed in. Which is so untrue. And I never stopped doing my research for pre-law. I spoke to different students in law school and they advised me and reassured me that I was definitely on the right path and that my dreams were valid.

My parents were a bit difficult to handle, but they soon accepted the fact that law was something that I wanted to do and they trusted my choices. They knew I had the capability to be great. And now I know that, too. You cannot just choose a major that will pay well or give you a good reputation, you need one that you can excel in and will push you to your limits. I know that my majors will do just that for me and I know I can grow within these subjects. I expect nothing less.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.


To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.


A third-year nursing student who knows

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