Having second thoughts

Shining some light on what’s going on in students’ heads

Students at college are generally expected to have a major decided within the first year of attending college and at the latest have it officially registered at the end of their second. Choosing a major and sticking to it could be a toilsome task for many students. While they are able to dip their toes in a couple other final electives, they might just then realize they have an interest in. It can be really challenging to incorporate your interest and the possible future outcomes while deciding a major. Different expectations are associated with different degrees and when expectations don’t meet up, students end up regretting their decision.

Why is it that the students who are so enthusiastic at the beginning get unmotivated to stick to studying in that field at the end? You know what you love, but you’re not ready to do things you don’t love to get to that point. Many students have a hard time after graduation advertising or marketing themselves and their skills. While deciding a major, you only look at it with one perspective, not realizing that there are more aspects to it. Switching a major later “because it’s too much work” or “the schedule is annoying” will make your effort worthless. Students should be confident in what they decide to do, and feel the need to switch majors only if it’s better in the long term. Sometimes, regretting makes you wonder if you even made the right decision to come to college in the first place. Many feel obligated to go to college right after high school, to choose a field and to be in that field of study forever, yet is not a practical choice for everyone. There seems to be a difference when students make a conscious choice versus when they are pushed into something by societal expectations.

Students may wish they changed or added another major or minor because their interests, passions and hobbies will change over time as you progress through college. The more specific your major is, the more time consuming and in-depth the classes are, which could make it harder to explore other intriguing parts of the overall study. But the good side of that means you have the chance to become a profession in that area. Students might regret or wish something along their college career turned out in a different way, but they need to show off what they learned and look into other chances of delving into other things they’re interested in on the side.

Students don’t have to take a major to be involved in a field they like. As long as they use their skills to their benefit, they actually have a lot of room to move around in the pool of jobs. There was obviously a reason that a student chose a major or minor, and they should try to rekindle that endearment for it again; after all, a job is as fun as you make it.

While the idea of not getting a job after graduation is terrifying, the idea of not being able to get a job in your field is even worse. People go to college to hopefully advance themselves in their future career, but going to a competitive field can be challenging for students. The thought of it can be so daunting that is leads some students to regret their major in the first place.

Although some students are passionate about what they hope to do, they worry about not earning money, making a career, being recognized and enjoying what they do.

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