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Changing Your Major

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By Asia Daggs
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Photo by Asia Daggs and Holly Henrichsen.
Photo by Asia Daggs and Holly Henrichsen.

One of the riskiest things you could do in college is change your major. The idea of making that huge transition and possibly losing credits scares us, and that leads to tons of students staying in fields that they do not genuinely enjoy. The problem starts with us building our determination on the hope of having financial stability in the future. We are all worried about finding a high paying job to be able to afford comfortable lifestyles. Instead, everyone should be do what really makes them happy in the moment and in the years to come.

As soon as the idea or feeling of not wanting to pursue the current major we are in comes to our mind, we quickly push it back. It has always been frowned upon or seen as too risky. It can be even scarier for older students; sophomores and juniors are especially taking huge risks to make the change when they already have completed many hours for their previous majors. The consequences can make you fall behind schedule and graduate a little later. Do not fret! Even though being put back a semester or two sucks, it will pay off in the long run. Would you rather graduate late or be stuck with a degree you will not be able to relish in?

Most importantly, you do not have to make the decision on your own. There are many resources to use, such as a guidance counselor, advisers from either of your departments, and/or people who went through the process of it. Each department has their own set of advisers that are willing to help you choose your path. You can confide in them to lead you towards the best option and the easiest plan to abide by. In addition to seeking help from advisers, guidance counselors are also available to point you in the right direction. If you need more comfort in making your decision, going to see a counselor can be a great deal of help. In my opinion, going to students who have switched their major for advice is the best way to go. They know everything there is to know about the process and exactly what you’re going through.

I have gathered some advice from a Texas State student who changed her major within the last year. Junior Ashlee Adams switched her major from Biology pre-med to undecided. Adams started having thoughts of changing her major in the second semester of her freshman year.

“I am happy and I don’t regret changing it, although it set my graduation date back,” Adams said. “I used to care about leaving school on time, but now that’s not what I focus on so much. I’d rather graduate at a later date and be happy when going to work.”

Instead of worrying about how much money you will make and whether it will be enough, just focus on wanting to be genuinely happy in life and getting to wake up every morning excited for work. Living your life without any regrets is the greatest accomplishment that many people work for. I asked Ashlee to pass on anything that helped her get through the stress and process of deciding to change her major.

“I would definitely seek help, pray and don’t be so hesitant,” Adams said. “I prayed on it the entire year and went to my mentors for further advice. Everything sort of fell into place and I am now working out the remaining kinks to find another profession.”

Schedule an appointment with an adviser or counselor and start to take initiative towards your future. You will not find help if you do not go looking for it. Changing your major does not have to be overly scary, so do not be intimidated. Find the career you want to join and work hard to excel in it. You will be much more content with yourself if you pursue your dreams.

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