Sophomore Year: Students often do not change their minds until they have taken more courses in their major and recognize it’s not for them. “I used to be an environmental science major until I took a geology course and realized I didn’t like looking at rocks all say,” Elizabeth Stone* explains, who is now an environmental studies and international development major. At this stage, you can change your track and still complete the new major in the next couple of years. At many schools, doubling up on your core courses for a few semesters can put you right back on track with the rest of your peers. Classes that were once considered “major” classes to complete your degree can easily transfer over as elective courses.
After Graduation: If you’ve waltzed across that stage and you cannot believe that you actually spent thousands of dollars on a degree in Russian language, you can still use the skills you learned to find a career you enjoy. Often, employers are more interested in the experience and skills you possess as opposed to the actual major. So no, you don’t have to teach high school Russian or move to St. Petersburg to put your degree to use. Instead, try to get some experience in a field you might be interested in (even if it means a summer internship after college) to try to figure out what it is that you want to do. With that experience, your skills from your major could just be an added bonus to what you’ve learned in the field.