As someone who’s constantly jumped from one career idea to the next, it’s hard not to feel out of place at a college where it seems like everyone knows their career path. In fact, many people have known for years…or at least have had an idea. I’ve imagined myself in a variety of careers as long as I can remember. Dog groomer, actress, brain surgeon, party planner, lawyer…the list goes on and on. After going to school for a major I hated, I finally made the switch at the end of my freshman semester from journalism to marketing communications. Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way:
1. It’s not as difficult as you think.
Changing your college major can be intimidating. What if I don’t get accepted to my new major? Will I have to transfer schools? Or worse, continue studying a subject I’m not passionate about? These are a few common questions that cross students’ minds when deciding whether or not to change majors. Each college has a different process to change majors, but it’s typically easier than one might think. Plus, there’s always resources such as your academic advisors to assist you.
2. It doesn’t mean you’re going to graduate late.
While there is a chance you’ll have to stay past your scheduled graduation date to finish your new major, it’s completely possible to graduate on time if you make the change early on in your college career. If you’re unsure of what you’d like to study in college, advanced placement high school classes can be a great way to get ahead and gain college credits before even starting in the fall, serving as a buffer if you eventually decide to change your major.
3. You’re not the only one.
Lots of students change their major every year, and many also come to college undecided. It’s hard to admit that you don’t know what you want to do for a career, especially when you’re actively attending (and paying tuition for!) college. Know that, whether your peers admit it or not, you’re not the only one who’s still figuring everything out.
Are you struggling to choose a major? Have you ever switched paths? Let us know!