You’re on your last leg of your undergraduate college experience. You’ve taken almost all of your prerequisite courses to complete your major, along with a few extra courses within another track. Go ahead smarty pants, pat yourself on the back. You’re almost done!
But then it hits you. Is this really what you want to do for the rest of your life? Was this even your choice to begin with? So you decide to make a choice: stay or switch. Believe it or not, many students change majors three or four times within their college career. Everyone has their reasons. Here are a few big ones:
If you can think of ten different and better things you could be doing other than paying attention in your major classes, maybe that track isn’t right for you. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes paying attention is a lot more difficult than doing something fun. But if you are daydreaming in every class about what you’re going to be wearing, eating or where you’ll be going anytime during or after class….GET OUT!
Don’t go an entire four years pursuing something that does not interest you at all. I mean imagine yourself actually falling asleep at your job every day. What would you be getting paid for? Do something that you’d enjoy working your butt off for every day. Do something that you choose to do. That’s another big one that some students choose not to admit.
IT WAS NEVER YOUR CHOICE
All through high school you were told what you were good at and what people think you’d be doing in ten years. Not once did you really consider what you’d want to be doing within that time. It’s even worse for other people. At least you got to choose where you wanted to go to college. For more students than you think, colleges are arranged along with majors and future spouses like in the olden days. If you don’t remember anything I say in these articles remember this:
This is YOUR life. No one else but YOU can live it for you. Do what you love to do, go where you want to go and live how you want to live. It’s your right and your own personal obligation.
THE MONEY TRAIL
Now those were some semi-extreme reasons people switch majors. A common and less dire choice is following where the money is.
There has never been anything wrong with following the green. If there is something that you are interested in and it is currently dishing out a lot of cash, go for it! Making money has never been a problem. If you go where the money goes, who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?
Bottom line is, do what you think is best for you. If that means switching majors later in your college career, so be it. As long as you’re happy, what does it matter what anyone else thinks?