Changing your major can change your life

Going into Freshman year, I had it all planned out. I was going to major in this, minor in that, be involved there, intern here, live at that one place and work at this place for the next four years. I had my path clearly primed and framed like clockwork. Well, if you haven’t realized already, college doesn’t work like that.

To be honest, isn’t it crazy? We graduate high school at 17 or 18 and are expected to know what we want to major in and do for the rest of our lives? HOW? How could we possibly know? How would we be aware of all of the options that are out there? Yet, we are pressured to know what we are supposed to do when we haven’t even lived on our own? Well, let me put your mind at ease: you may never know what you want to do until you figure out what you don’t want to do. Be open to the possibility of change, even if it means changing your major.

  • You learn what you don’t want to do. Sometimes, it’s better to narrow down your options, than to pretend to enjoy something.
  • You feel a sense of relief. In your previous major, you may have struggled because you didn’t enjoy the material. By changing to something that you are interested in, you now feel motivated to go to class because you genuinely enjoy going. Seriously, during my first day of class in my new major, I almost cried because I felt like I belonged I was excited to learn.
  • You might feel scared. Yes, you may have left a place that you tried REALLY hard to get in to. Or a major that was highly acclaimed on campus. I left one of the best business programs in the country for a completely new media school on campus. And I couldn’t be happier. Yes, I was afraid. No, I don’t regret it.
  • You will have to answer some questions. Why? What made you change? Will you get a job? Is it really better? Know that you will have to tell your family and friends. Don’t surprise your parents with this. You should tell them that you are considering changing your major before actually doing it. This will be challenging, but you can do it.
  • You might change your major another time or two. Don’t worry. You can change your major more than once and still be successful.

The funny thing about majors is that they do matter as far as enjoying your college experience, but often, employers will hire you because they want to hire you, not necessarily because you have the “right” major. It might prolong your time in college, but you should enjoy the experience and take the time to finish the program that’s right for you. College isn’t a race. It’s not about getting your degree faster. In the end, you will still have the same piece of paper that everyone else got. You will be just fine.

MacKenzie_headshotMackenzie is a junior at Indiana University studying Media Management, Industry and Policy with a minor in Marketing. At IU, Mackenzie is a Pearson Campus Ambassador and a member of BeIU. Off campus, Mackenzie enjoys playing with her pets, crocheting and playing volleyball.