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When to Know It Is Time to Change Majors in College

by Fitzalan Gorman, studioD

Sticking with a major in college is not always that simple. You may have started school enthusiastic about your major, but as time goes on, you start thinking about switching to a new discipline. Changing your major partway through school should not be taken lightly because it can add extra time and expenses, but there are definite times where switching degrees is a wise choice.

Bored With Classes

Your major should be your passion. You may have chosen it for the wrong reasons, such as pressure from your parents or without knowing what your degree entailed. If you are sitting through biology classes and are bored to tears, yet you are a biology major, then it may be time to think about switching. When you reach the point where you dread going to class, regardless of time or professor, then you need to give your chosen major a deeper look. It is essential to have a major that engages you.

Poor Grades

You have always wanted to be a doctor, but no matter how hard you study, you cannot get ahead in your pre-med courses. If you struggle with the academic work within your major, then it may be time to consider other majors. When you spend hours studying and you are not getting the results you want or need, it can get frustrating and your entire college experience can start to falter.

Take a Career Assessment

Being exposed to different courses while at college often sparks new interests, making you reconsider your choice in majors. To help you understand where your interests lie, consider taking a career assessment, according to Michigan State University. Many universities offer this form of career assistance. This service can help you examine and understand your interests, skills and personality. The results can guide you toward a major that is better suited for you.

Go Talk To Your Advisor

You may be fearful that switching your major will force you to stay in school for extra semesters or that all the work you have already done will be lost. This is not always the case, and the best person to guide you through this process is your academic adviser. Go into a meeting with your adviser with information about new majors that interest you. With his guidance, you can determine how difficult it will be to switch majors. Together, you can design a plan to make the switch as painless as possible.

About the Author

Fitzalan Gorman has more than 10 years of academic and commercial experience in research and writing. She has written speeches and text for CEOs, company presidents and leaders of major nonprofit organizations. Gorman has published for professional cycling teams and various health and fitness websites. She has a Master of Arts from Virginia Tech in political science and is a NASM certified personal trainer.

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