Switching my major was one of the best things that I ever did. It’s like I escaped from the grasps of stress, which is a monster. I could finally breathe and focus on what I really want to do with my life.
I chose Computer Science as my major, and I thought that it was an interesting subject and I convinced myself that I chose the ‘perfect’ major for me. I was wrong. I was ecstatic when I would complete my computer science assignments and progressively I felt like I knew what I was doing. It wasn’t until the second semester that I had doubts about this major that I was pursuing. I would stress constantly not over computer science but over all my courses. But somehow, I made it through to my sophomore year.
I survived the second semester, and now I switched my major to Interdisciplinary Studies in Mathematics. Due to so many people ‘encouraging’ me to decide on my major, I didn’t have enough time to actually think about what I wanted to study in. That’s I dislike about our education system, they tell us to choose what we want to study early on and urge us to decide early so we can start taking classes towards our degrees. Just declaring your major ensures that you will graduate on time since you won’t be taking classes you don’t need.
Society wants children to start on their careers early so that we can take advantage of and use the time we have wisely. We follow social norms and conform to entering into a field of study that we ‘fit’ into. I know that it isn’t done intentionally but a lot of students feel pressured to decide on a specific major and don’t have time to choose. We are pushed straight into the world and we don’t have a chance to adventure different fields of study.
Now that I changed my major, I feel more at ease, and actually feel determined in graduating. I have goals that I want to achieve, both short term and long term. Due to changing my major after a year, there were some drawbacks, which include: losing credits, wasting time, and wasting money. If you don’t know what you want to major in, then meet with your advisor and enroll into courses that will apply to any major that you choose. Most importantly, my advice to others is that it’s never too late to change your major if you want to. I would rather change my major and be a bit behind than to graduate with a degree in a field that I find uninteresting.