Change your major

Catering to your passion is worth it in the long run

Can’t decide what you want to do with your life?

I get it. There are so many major options in college that it’s tough to choose one and stay committed to it. Everyone has their passion hidden inside them somewhere. It just takes some longer than others to find it.

If you legit have not even the slightest idea for what you want to do, take University Studies. It’s designed for students whose goals cannot be met via a traditionally established major or minor. You can take a variety of different courses and discover more about your passion as you go on.

To those of you scared to change you major, don’t be. Coming from someone who has changed his major a few times, I can tell you that it’s not a huge deal if it’s what you want. Not even that, it’s not a huge deal even if you think it’s what you want.

You might switch to a major you think you’re pretty interested in only to find out it’s not what you expected. This is a learning experience and not bad by any means.

There are studies that back this up. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 80% of students in the United States end up changing their major. On top of that, college students change their major at least three times on average.

That’s a very interesting stat. They are saying students change it at least three times, which means it could be even more. This just goes to show how common a major change is.

Changing your major to cater to your passion is well worth it in the long run. If you stick with a major because you’re too lazy to go through the process of changing it, then that’s a poor decision.

You won’t have to do anything at the moment, but you’ll be stuck with classes you don’t necessarily want to take and a degree you’re not passionate about. If you get your major change done, you will not regret it later in life.

Do you think you’re going be too far behind to change it? Say less. Chances are you won’t even be that far behind. It does depend when you decide to change, however.

If you’re changing your major as a senior in college as opposed to a sophomore, you might have some catching up to do.

However, you can still catch up. There are classes every NDSU student has to take, so there will only be a select amount of classes that will put you slightly behind. Even with this, you can still catch up easily by taking a little more credits.

You might even match up more than you think. I changed from hospitality and tourism management to sport management, and I found out I can still graduate on time quite easily. Because both of these majors require a business administration minor, I am already on the right track. There could be a similar scenario in which you find yourself in.

If you really don’t know what you want to do, take a year off of school and think about it. Life doesn’t have a schedule. Some people figure out their lives a little later than others. (These people can be referred to as “late bloomers.”)

Taking a year off will allow you to make an informed decision on what you really want to do. It will also save you a ton of money. Why go to school if you aren’t sure what you want to do?

Just think about this as we register for classes yet again for next fall. I know a lot of students struggle to find a major to stick with, including myself.

There’s absolutely nothing to be ashamed of when switching to a different major. After all, you’ll regret not changing it more than changing it because you can always change it back.

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