Remember when we were younger and always would get asked what we wanted to do when we grew up? I’m still asking myself that question to this very day. When you start college you have a basic idea what you want to study for the next odd number of years. But what happens if the major you chose is not the best match for you? Don’t panic–I have a few tips that should help you if this crisis ever occurs.
First and most important is to not freak out. If you worry about not liking your current major and what you will change it to, you will make the situation worse. It’s just like any other situation in your life. You need to relax and think your options through. Trust me, one of the first things you’ll think of is dropping out so you won’t have to deal with the stress of switching majors. Once you realize whatever you are currently studying isn’t the right fit for you, you need to take a step back and focus on what you can do to fix it.
What Are Your Options?
Next thing you should do is list your options. When I realized studying medical laboratory science wasn’t what I wanted (Chemistry and Medical terminology were painful classes) I knew something had to be done. After realizing this and making myself calm down I did the most reasonable thing for a college student to do and called my mom. I did not know how to handle the situation and didn’t want to mess up my whole future. She told me to follow my gut and do what I want. She also told me that since it’s my life and I am the one who has to do it for the rest of my life I should be able to choose what I want without worrying about what she thinks. Of course she had to tell me not to become an alligator wrestler because that’s an obvious thing to warn your kid about. So after that I sat down and wrote down all of the things I am good at and would actually enjoy doing everyday.
Do Your Research
After you make your list, go onto your school’s website and learn about the different majors you are interested in. Make appointments with the advisers to discuss what the courses are like, what’s required and most importantly what it will take to switch into this major. Talk to students who are in this major to get their opinion about what it is truly like since they have the inside scoop. Also, don’t forget to talk to your current adviser. This might seem weird since you’re switching out of your current major but it will definitely help you. Advisers want the best for you and if it isn’t working out they wouldn’t want you to be tortured and hate what you do everyday. They can also help you switch over.
After following these steps, I realized the humanities was a perfect fit for me. It was a very difficult decision for me to switch into the humanities since I was in the STEM part of the school and my university is an engineering school. Let’s just say… the humanities aren’t looked up to here. (the humanities are awesome–don’t hate on them!) I looked at my school’s website and read up on what the humanities offered. I knew I wanted to write and study literature. I decided after a few days of thinking it over I wanted to switch into the Communications department. Before you say it, I know it was a huge change that might not make sense since I started in a completely different major.
You Do You
This leads me into my final tip. Do what makes you happy and you don’t have to explain your choices to anyone. As long as you understand your choice and enjoy your new major, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. Figure out what seems like the best fit for you and go from there. What you chose to switch into still might not be the best choice for you. Don’t panic though! This happened to me and I switched again. It wasn’t too big of a switch since it was from Communications to English but it definitely was needed. I am loving my classes and I don’t dread doing the homework. I am interested in everything I am learning and enjoy it. Obviously you aren’t going to like every single class or assignment, but it is an amazing feeling when you do like a huge majority of them.
I’ll end this with an amazing motivational thought: Be the Leslie Knope in whatever you do.