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What to Do if You Think You Chose the Wrong Major

At the end of my first semester freshman year, I knew I was in the wrong major and for the year following I wasted a lot of time taking random classes because I had no idea what to switch to. If you are beginning to have those same feelings that you may have chosen the wrong major, than read this.

Shop around.

For me, I knew that I was in the wrong major but I also didn’t know what the right major was either. If you are in the same boat, I recommend spending some time fulfilling distribution requirements while checking out other fields of study. This way, you can still stay on track to graduate in time while allowing yourself to figure out exactly what you want to focus on. Likewise, if you later decide that you don’t want to switch majors, those electives you have taken won’t take you off track to finish your current degree.

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Think about your career goals and talk to a career counselor.

Have you had or heard about an exciting internship or work experience that has inspired your career goals? If you know that you want to be, say, a Public Relations manager, than head to your career services office and speak to an advisor about what majors would prepare you for that line of work.

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Add a minor.

If your major isn’t completely fulfilling your goals, than try adding a minor to your degree to offer some balance and diversity in your courses. If you are premed and getting tired of all those science classes, then a minor in the humanities can give you just the right of balance that you need to fully enjoy your major.

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Change your concentration.

Most majors have multiple concentrations so if you aren’t enjoying the classes that you are taking within your particular concentration, than try taking other classes within your major to test whether your issues are with your major, or just your particular concentration.

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Speak to your academic advisor.

If you really don’t enjoy your major and are considering changing it, speak to your advisor before making a final decision. Your academic advisor can help you plan out what courses you need to take before changing your major and how changing your major will affect your four-year plan.

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Change your major.

If, after doing all things mentioned above you still have issues with your current major, than it is probably best to change your major. When changing majors it is always important to consider the requirements for the new major and how those requirements will fit into your course plans for your remaining semesters.

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Chantal Van Putten

Chantal is a senior studying Communication and Sociology at Cornell University. She is a chocolate enthusiast who likes to spend her time exploring new places and hopes to travel the world.

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