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Buckin-A: Changing your major is healthy

Cody Finney / The Arbiter

There may come a time in your college career when you realize you’re studying something you just can’t stand and the choice to go to college because you thought it would be more profitable in the long run doesn’t seem to be panning out.

Maybe it’s time to change your major, and that’s okay.

Not everyone is cut out for marketing. Maybe a biology student finds they don’t actually like science (never happens) or a student studying English may find he or she actually hates writing, and so it goes.

Changing your major can be the shift you need to make your college career worth it.

Especially if you’re convinced you’re studying the wrong thing, is there really any reason to continue pursuing a degree you hate?

If you grew up making lemonade stands every single weekend as a kid, then by all means, keep your business degree.

But if you were friends with that lemonade stand kid and only went to business school to hang out then maybe you’re not on the right track.

To be sure, there are very real risks to swapping your major.

For example, if you were on some kind of a four year graduation plan you will probably have ruined that plan and it may take more than four years to graduate.

But then again, if you transfer schools, take one wrong class or fail something important you probably won’t graduate in four years anyway since all your credits will get messed up just enough to stunt your four year plan.

More time in class can mean more money spent, more loans and more time starving to death in a dorm room.

If you don’t love what you study then what’s the point? Even if you only love it a little bit.

Bearing in mind your degree is what you make of it, meaning just because you graduate with a degree in political science doesn’t mean anyone is going to hand you a job like a reward for a job well done.

This is no videogame—you have to work just to actually get work in the real world.

Putting effort into networking and meeting people in the industry can be just as important as actually getting the degree itself, so if you find networking with politicians is awful and soul crushing then maybe that’s a sign the political science realm isn’t right for you.

And if you are going to need more than four years to graduate then why not get your credits all janked up on your own accord. It should be your decision.

Don’t be afraid to change your game.

College is about learning think critically and being bold enough to make risky decisions about your path

About Zachary Chastaine (0 Articles)
Zachary studies English technical writing at Boise State and previously wrote for the Portland State Vanguard. An enthusiast of downhill mountain biking, craft beers and automotive racing Zach hopes to continue his writing studies overseas at Oxford Brookes.