It happens all the time: students enter their freshman year of college full of excitement about their major, only to quickly realize that it isn’t quite what they thought it’d be. But as common as this change of heart is, many people have certain thoughts or concerns that hold them back from switching their major. If you can’t see yourself growing to love what you do enough to carry it through the rest of your life, it’s perfectly okay to change your major to something you can find that passion for. Even if…
parents think it’s a bad idea.
Ultimately, your life is yours, and you’re old enough
now to make your own decisions about it. Entering a field in which you can see
yourself thriving and succeeding, and doing work that makes you happy and
proud, can never be a bad idea.
original major was something you always thought you wanted to study.
Chances are, many other interests of yours have also
come and gone in the years leading up to college. At the start of college,
you’re still only beginning to find and discover yourself, and you’re exposed
to so many new things. If the path you had always envisioned turns out to be
dissatisfying, don’t think of it as a personal failure—be proud of yourself for
being able to recognize that feeling and being willing to take risks and
broaden your horizons!
think your new major might be more difficult.
If you feel passionately about what
you’re studying, you’ll be more motivated to put in the hard work that’s
necessary to become great at it. And if it’s something you truly want to
pursue, you’ll feel excited about the valuable knowledge you’re gaining. Even
if the work is harder or more time-consuming, the rewards will be greater.
worried that you won’t make as much money in your new field.
A very common and understandable concern many people
have when making decisions about their career. But since there’s no real way of knowing at this point
whether you can make more money with one major than you can with another, you
should prioritize your happiness and fulfillment. If your heart just isn’t in
your original major, the idea of getting a high-paying job in that field won’t
mean nearly as much.
end up graduating later than you had planned.
There’s no rush to finish school—especially if
tacking on a little more time to your education earns you a degree you can
really feel proud of, one that can push you forward on the path toward
achieving your dreams.