Should I Change My Major?

Today, I talked to one of my classmates who I thought was my age – but ended up being 26. She said that she was in school because she wasted a lot of time in majors that she didn’t care for. It’s normal – they say that the average college student changes their major three times.┬áBut that’s a lot of time and a lot of money wasted. Now, that doesn’t negate the fact that it’s needed. I mean, if you’re going to be in debt for something, you better love it, right? Right!

Realizing you want a degree in a science field. Someone's gotta know about the trees. (photo by snre)

Realizing you want a degree in a science field. Someone’s gotta know about the trees. (photo by snre)

Sometimes it seems necessary to change your major. For example, if I, for some year-or-two-long drunken fiasco, decided I wanted to change my major to accounting – and then after completing that degree, going back to school for some other degree, like graphic arts or business, then I’d have wasted that one or two years.

With all of that being said, here are some signs that you should change your major.

#1. You don’t enjoy any of your classes.

Although I don’t believe that you should mix a hobby you’re passionate about with a career – you should at least enjoy some of your classes. If not, it’s a surefire sign that you’re not going to be happy in your career – and will want to change it.

#2. You don’t do anything related to your major outside of class.

You should always have some kind of background in the major you’re going for. That means if you’re going for an art degree, you should probably do art in your free time too. Your career – one you enjoy – should always tie back into your normal life.

#3. The job outlook.

I also had the opportunity to talk to another classmate today – who said that his degree was in Computer Science, which, when he got the degree seven years ago – was a booming field. Unfortunately, by the time he graduated, the job market was unrelenting, considering other computer science graduates – graduates with Master’s degrees and twenty-something years experience – were taking the jobs with ease. He didn’t catch a break.

Don’t let that happen to you. It’s sad that your dream job might be something that is becoming too competitive, but it can happen.

#4. Constantly exploring other majors – or yourself.

It’s a clear sign that you should change your major if you’re constantly trying to find another one. Most of you are probably pretty young when you decide what major you want to pursue – and you might not want that same major in a year’s time.

#5. Time ran out.

If you chose your major simply because time ran out and you had nothing else to pick – then you should probably change your major as soon as you’re settled on something. It’s no fun to get a major to do something you don’t want to do, spend a whole lot of money on something you don’t really care for, and be in debt for a good portion of your adult life, simply because time ran out.

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