Changing your major

While in college there are many things that are acceptable, drinking, partying, going to class in your pajamas and yet there are still things that are considered taboo.

For instance, changing your major. Everyone thinks that if you change your major you’ll be screwed because now you’ll have to stay even longer in college than you wanted to, but so what? I’d rather be happy with my career in the future than stuck in some stuffy old office doing something I don’t love.

You know how the saying goes, “if you love the work that you do then it won’t feel like a job.”

I really think that this holds true, take me for instance. I started out going to school for medicine, until I realized that not only do I suck at it, I also hated it. I dreaded class every day and not just the normal amount like every teen who hates exams. I mean it was physically and mentally exhausting for me to even get out of bed to go to class.

One day I just decided, this isn’t what I want to do with my life and I set out to find a major that I actually cared about.

Now I am a Graphic Design Technology and Journalism & Promotional Communications double major with a certificate program in Arts Management.

It’s a far cry from what I used to be, but now I’m happy.

Now before you go switching your major there are a few things that you have to realize.

Number one, do your research. If you leap blindly from one major to the next you risk finding out that you hate it again. Take time to find your major, even if that means going undecided for a semester.

Number two, be willing to relocate. With majors that are slightly obscure, there comes a time where you have to realize that by going down this path it may require you to travel for your job. You may have to uproot and move, and that is scary in its own right. For this reason, you need to be prepared because if you aren’t, this reality will hit you like a freight train when you’re walking across that graduation stage.

Number three, realize that even with your dream major, there will still be difficulties. There will be days that you really hate the idea of getting out of bed because of an exam. However, there will also be days where class is the first and the last thing that is on your mind because you are so excited.

At the end of the day you have to know what you want to do with your life, I’m not saying you need to have the rest of your life planned out in full detail, but you have to have a sense of direction. If you aren’t there yet, that’s okay too as long as you have it in your head that you will need a direction at some point.

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