The best part of college is getting out of your shell and set out to explore yourself and eagerly pursue your dreams and goals. However, what about the times you have walked into class or joined a zoom call and felt bored or completely unmotivated. Were those classes filler classes? Were they the stepping stones to your career? According to a survey produced in 2020 by BestColleges, “Despite 82% of respondents reporting that college was a good financial investment, 61% said they would change their undergraduate studies if they could go back”. When you stop and think about it that’s quite a lot.
It’s critical to pick up on these things because chances are if you are bored, unmotivated, overworked, or just plain uninterested; your major may not be for you. With that being said they are still a variety of reasons why students change their still majors in college. So why would you change your major? Joey Macias currently a Sophomore student at Arizona State University, changed her major back in the April of 2020 after her Freshman year. She states that the key reason she switched was due to COVID-19 sending everyone home, but emphasizes it was bound to happen regardless of the state of the world. COVID-19 impacted the lives of students and placed more stress on their lives, the same is believed for Miss. Macias too.
Macias’s original career plan was to major in museum studies. She admits she chose this path because: “I was unsure of what I wanted to do as a career, but wanted to do something that would allow me more job opportunities in the future.” This way of thinking is relatively common among students attending or planning on attending college. It makes sense though, there are many paths to take with few directions as to where to go. Choosing a career path your passionate about isn’t easy and can be overlooked with concerns for a job and financial security.
For Miss. Macias COVID-19 was the final push that she needed. Attending classes in person and workload was overwhelming for her and only increased when required to move online. She states: “ It started with one class and the carried to the other classes. My mental health was decreasing, I was burned out and unhappy.” Chegg an online studying site for students describes similar reasons for students who change college majors. Author Maggie Barton talks about these reasons saying, “Your major doesn’t completely define you, but it does set you up to seize the best opportunities to live out your purpose in life.”
Since changing her major Joey Macias has genuinely felt her spark of inspiration come back. Similar to her previous major her career path nevertheless allows for a broad variety of job opportunities; however, she can right away do something she enjoys and can be proud of. Her mental health has improved, and the feeling of overwhelming stress has begun to fade. Miss. Macias encourages other students to do the same if they are no longer thrilled with their major of choice. She advises that they do research on their career path, asks others in similar fields, and get together with a career counselor to decide which existing credits are going to transfer and which ones won’t.
It is also suggested that students take a chance in any class they think may be interested in, doing this may spark an idea for an unknown passion or help decided that a class is not for them. College is a significant step in anyone’s life, so many unknowns and many directions to go in. Despite this College is the best time to encounter these unknowns, it could be the difference between getting a job and pursuing a career.
Additional Links and Articles referenced:
Chegg Article by Maggie Barton: Click here!
Best Colleges Article by Recce Johnson: Click here!