If you’re like me and 80% of the rest of the college population, you may have changed your major once or twice. Here is a list of things that happen when you do actually change your major.
1. Your Parents Question You.
This is common from your parents when telling them that you’ve changed your major. Take it from me – I’ve changed my major from Journalism to Nursing twice and my parents keep telling me the importance of making up my mind. Truth is, I love writing, but I also like to pay my bills on time. So I did what I thought was best for me and you should too. In the end, it is your life and career that you are pursing so choose what you think is best for you (unless your parents are footing the bill for your education – then you should thank them and not waste their money).
2. Your Teachers Will Question You.
If you’ve read the above paragraph, the same applies here. You know what is best for you. Some teachers will try to convince you to stay in your first major because you “are good at it”, or “show talent”. Bottom line is, if you are very unhappy in your educational career, you probably won’t be happy in the field.
3. People Will Think You’re A Train-Wreck Who Is Failing Out Of School.
If you’re constantly changing your major (like once every other semester), people will start to think that you can’t handle the coursework and may think you’re failing out of school. Future employers may think this as well, so it’s important to keep that in mind if you are guilty of changing your major often. Here is a tip: when people ask you what you go to school for, it is better to just tell them whatever your new major is rather than going through the entire story of what happened.
4. Your Friends Will Graduate Before You Do.
Unless you change your major in your first year, chances are you won’t be able to take summer classes to catch up and graduate with your original graduating class. Instead of being there with your friends at graduation, you will be there as a spectator wondering where the heck you went wrong in your life. Don’t worry though, everyone is not a “one size fits all” when it comes to how much time it takes to complete their education. However, you don’t want to spend you entire life chasing that piece of paper.
5. You Will Pay More For Your Education In The Long Run.
“But I will just pay it back when I graduate.”
Haha that’s a good one. Ask any college graduate who has student loan debt and an entry level position (or better yet, someone who can’t get a job in their field). They will tell you how hard it is to pay that student loan back along with adult responsibilities like rent, car payments, gas, food, etc. Take it from me – I spent $20,000 for an associates degree, $2,500 for a semester I dropped out of, and $12,500 for one semester trying to pursue my Bachelor’s Degree. That is not including my second bout of nursing school. Lord help me! You can also check here for an average cost of student loan debt in your state.
All-in-all my advice to anyone who is in high school or about to start college would be this: if you are not sure about what you want to do, go to a community college and go for general studies. Maybe you can take a class here and there from a different department that you think you are interested in and see if it’s something you would want to do, because as you can see, education is expensive. You don’t want to end up paying more than you really have to.
On the other hand, if you really do not like what you are getting into, it’s not the end of the world to decide to make a change. It’s also important to remember you will get criticism from all ends, so take it with a grain of salt and try to grow. Your intuition is stronger than other people’s opinions.