By Edward Hewitt |Staff Writer|
Is this major right for me? Can I see myself happily doing this for the rest of my life? Do I have a passion for this field?
Across the country many college students ranging from first time freshmen, indecisive sophomores and juniors to fifth or sixth year seniors will have addressed questions like these at least once over the course of their college career.
It is a general consensus that most frown upon those that change their major, which may be the reason many students are reluctant to do so. The decision itself can be life changing simply because it requires a lot of thought and preparation.
An abundance of factors seem to be important when making these judgments. Things like your potential success in classes, graduation rates, pay differences, hiring rates and ultimate happiness within yourself for the field of study you have chosen all play role in your ultimate decision making.
According to a study by Cal State San Bernardino’s Office of Institutional Research, tracked a number of 5,271 transfers and freshmen students that have changed their major over the past thirteen years.
Out of the undergraduates who graduated with their degree in the school years of 2008-2009 or 2009-2010, a total of 1,227 freshmen changed their major at least once during their college career, and 1,478 transfers changed their major at least once during their college career. This proves that changing your major is more common than we initially realize.
When asked how far along in school were you when you realized your major was not right for you?, Natalia Manzary a fourth year student, answered, “It was spring quarter of my second year, after taking my pre-requisites I realized that science was not for me. I thought about how difficult it would be for me, and if I would actually want to struggle through my major courses throughout the rest of my college years compared to actually taking courses I understand and enjoy.”
As students entering college we sometimes get caught up in doing the things that we are expected to do by our parents, teachers, culture or any other outside influences rather than pursuing the fields we feel passionate about.
College is usually seen as just another learning curve in life; the time where we learn who we are as people or the type of person we want to be in life. Why wouldn’t you want to pursue the best outcome for yourself or enter a career that you feel fits you best? Such decisions should be based off of your lifelong aspirations because at the end of the day you will be the one who has to deal with them.
Students should never fear change; change can be viewed as a path to becoming a better you. It is only natural to want the best in life. If changing your major is something you feel will aid you to a path of success, it should not be something you pass up. Be bold in your pursuit of happiness.