Should you change your major?
There comes a stage in every student’s life when they question whether or not they’re studying the right subject. For many, it’s simply because they’re frustrated at the time or are not enjoying that particular part of the course. For others, however, it’s because they’re no longer certain of what they want to do with their lives. But how do you know which category you fall into? Well, here are some questions you should ask yourself when deciding whether you should change your major. Are you bored with everything you’re studying? Does the subject you’re studying bore you to the extent where you start playing with your phone during class? Would you rather clean your room, do the dishes and repaint the bathroom than do a simple hour of studying? Do you find your mind wandering to more exciting places when you’re in your pracs or tutorials? This should not be the case. It’s not necessary that you like every part of your course, but you shouldn’t be bored by all the material covered. Is your course necessary for the career you want? If you want to be a doctor and you’re studying medicine, then you have to stick with your major. However, if you want to be a teacher and you’re more interested in the humanities than the sciences, then you can make the switch and still teach. Many people start university thinking they want to do one thing and then later realise they want something else out of life. Take some time to seriously consider what qualifications you need to get to where you want to be. And if you don’t know what you want to do after graduation, perhaps you should follow your interests at the moment. Do you find yourself more interested in other subjects? If you find yourself more interested in your friend’s homework on personal finance than your essay on the French Revolution, you may be taking the wrong course. Obviously, you shouldn't limit your interests to what you’re studying, especially while at university. But there’s a difference between wanting to hear about someone else’s class and preferring it to your own. Are you prepared to start from the beginning again? If you answered all of the above in favour of changing your major, there’s one more thing you need to carefully consider: are you willing to start at the bottom again? If you’re already taking the subject you’re thinking of making your major, then it’s a lot easier than re-doing your degree from first year. You need to think about what you’d have to do in order to change directions at this point in your studies and the financial implications that come with it. Image: Pexels