Changing your Major: Passion vs Pay

Should I change my major?

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Changing your major: the aftermath

Changing your major can be one of the most stressful moments in an undergraduates career. Thinking back to when I was 17, applying for college and selecting my major, I really didnt have any idea what I wanted to do for a career. I started out my Freshman year thinking to myself that I wanted to be a physical therapist when I grow up. I enjoyed the Biology classes, but was barely passing any of my Chemistry courses.

I wanted to change my major and I thought that I was failing at college because I didn't have my whole life planned out. At the time I thought to myself, "Is this the time that I drop out of college and move back in with my parents for the rest of my life?". It took me till the end of my Sophomore year to finally take initiative and try to switch my major.

I talked to my advisor and by my Junior year I was on track to graduating with a degree that I love. I'm here to tell you that if you want to change your major, do it! I was lucky enough to get an in-depth interview with two undergrad students that attend Ohio University. Below I am going to share their success stories post-major change.

But first...

If you're thinking about changing your major, you're not alone. The majority of undergraduate students change their major throughout their college career. There are things you can do to prepare yourself for the switch, and I advise you to talk to someone so you have a little help along the way. Some people you could talk to include:

  • Family member
  • Counselor
  • Friends/Roommates
  • Advisor
  • Teacher

Don't let the stigma that changing your major is embarrassing or wrong in any way. There are people out there that will help you through the whole process!


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Changing Majors: the New College Norm

Decisions, Decisions

College students are constantly faced with making decisions but most are not as important as choosing a major. Every year, more and more college students report that they have switched their major at least once. Even with the increased trend of making the switch, students considering a major change feel apprehension.

Between the cost of tuition, major-exclusive job opportunities, and social pressures, it's clear to see why students may have reservations about changing their major. I'm here to let you in on a secret: changing majors is more common than you may think. In fact, recent surveys have shown that an estimated 80% of college students change their major at least once.

I have changed my major not once, not twice, but a dozen times. No, that is not an exaggeration. I was in a constant conflicted cycle filled with anxiety. I was torn between choosing a career path that would give me personal happiness vs. having a career with a high salary and job outlook. I also had a hard time trying to decide because I have such an interest across various disciplines. Choosing just one career path for the rest of my life terrified me (luckily, most careers aren't deadset and rigid). One of the challenges of being indecisive with my major was dealing with the social implications it had on me, specifically with my family and friends. 

Here are some other blog posts for those thinking about changing their field of study:

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