Signs Your Major Isn’t Right for You (& What to Do About It)
Falling out of Love with your Major
Senior year of high school seems so far away now. But thinking back, can you recall the hundreds of times parents, friends and peers asked you about what you were going to major in at college? Most of us answered back confidently with huge smiles on our faces. Sure, we might have been a bit naive back then, but we had the right idea—majors are supposed to make us feel excited and eager to learn.
When people ask you about your major today, do you still light up in the same way you did at the start of your college career? If your answer is a halfhearted nod or a varying form of hesitation, it might be time to reconsider your choice of major. Check out these signs that your major just isn’t right for you, and see what you can do about it!
You’re doing poorly in your major classes
Classes for your major aren’t meant to make you pull all your hair out or worry yourself into knots. If you find yourself doing poorly in classes for your major, chances are your major might not be right for you. Prerequisites are early indicators about whether or not you’ve made the right choice. If you’re already struggling before you hit your major classes, it’s a sign that you might want to rethink your major.
You’re more interested in your unrelated extracurricular activities
Is there something that you absolutely love to do outside of class and wish you could spend all day doing if you could? Whether you’re blogging, attending figure-drawing sessions or volunteering at a local organization, extracurricular activities are often overlooked as something people do just for fun, but these activities actually have the potential to turn into something more.
You picked your major because you wanted to please your parents
Whatever major you applied to college with seems to have just stuck. Maybe you were planning on switching it once you started attending college, but somehow you never got around to it. If you had a feeling that your initial choice of major might not have been the right fit, don’t be afraid to explore your options.
So instead of becoming overly concerned about your career and forgetting to enjoy yourself in college, keep an open mind and try to find a major that you’re truly passionate about! Remember, your choice of major isn’t something that’s written in stone. You might find that sometimes, the best things come from the most unexpected places.
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