College is a stepping stone towards your career. This is where you’ll learn important lessons in and out of the classroom which you can use in the employment world. Your major also plays an essential role in your career. If you end up with a major which you actually love, chances are, you’ll land in a job which allows you to practice your major with ease. Additionally, taking up a major and working in the same industry can lead you to become a happier and fulfilled employee. But on the other side of the coin, if you study the wrong major in college, you can end up having a hard time looking for a job or worse, even become jobless because you don’t know how to apply what you’ve learned in college to the job. This is the reason why you should only study the major which is apt for your interests and preferences.
Determining what major to study in college can be tricky. You’ll be confused between your own choice, your parents’ and the demand of the industry. If you see yourself guilty of the situations listed below, it’s a red flag that you’re actually studying the wrong major in college:
1.) You’re attending your lectures – physically: You understand how expensive college is that’s why you’re never tardy in all of your classes. In fact, you never had any absences. However, during lectures, you only see yourself drifting away and just thinking about what to do in the evening. You start to have a debate with yourself as to what type of meal should you cook for dinner. Sure, losing focus in the middle of the class is normal once in a while, but if you see yourself in this situation too frequently, your major might be the wrong place for you.
2.) You can’t understand anything at all: Regardless of how a professor or a classmate explain the subject to you, you still find yourself struggling to get the gist of what they’re talking about. Spending time reviewing your notes or visiting the library to study the major doesn’t help either. If you can’t get your head round on the subjects of the major you’re taking right now, ask yourself if you’re willing to continue learning. If you already see yourself not able to cope with the discussions during the first week of classes, the major you’re taking right now might not be your forte.
3.) You fail most or all of your subject: Instead of spending time and effort to retake failed subjects, assess first if you have the hunger to learn from the major. Your major should make you happy the moment you’re applying it your job, the same way you’re studying for it in college. You should enjoy your major, so you’ll be motivated with your career in the future.
4.) You’re de-motivated with your achievements: On on the other side of the coin, you’re getting good grades with your major but none of these achievements make you happy. Seeing high grades in your exams doesn’t do anything to you – it doesn’t make you fulfilled at all. You’re just complacent of the major you have so you’ll be done with it in no time.
5.) You don’t like waking up in the morning to attend classes: And no, it’s not about the schedule of your classes being too early or the professor being too boring. You just don’t have the interest to learn about the major. And if you only have the chance, you’d rather stay in bed all day and do nothing. This is a better option compared to attending classes which don’t seem to excite you even for a single bit.
6.) You can’t explain why you choose the major: It’s normal for a college freshman to talk about why they picked the major they have. If you see yourself lost for words when the same question is thrown at you, it might indicate that your passion isn’t there. After all, if you really love your major, it’ll be easy for you to defend it from whatever questions.
7.) You’re not excited about the coursework: Everything that’s new can easily excite a person. But after a certain period of time, that excitement can die down, and the honeymoon stage will eventually end. This is true in relationships and tangible items. When applied in your major, you should have a spark of interest in your major requisites at least during the start of the school year. If you couldn’t care less about any of these, it’s a bad sign.
8.) You’re stressed about your major: It’s okay to feel stressed in college. You have to meet a lot of responsibilities at the same time, and some of these aren’t easy. But if you fear all of your subjects – as in every single one of these – it’s a telltale sign that you’re getting into a major you don’t like. You should never force yourself to attend a class for a major just for the sake of it. You should be excited about learning and love the entire process.
9.) You’re more interested in your friends’ majors: When your friends are doing projects for their major, you’re willing to change your schedule in order to help them. Whenever talking about your respective majors, you see yourself envy about everything and anything about their major. You feel like their subjects, professors and projects are way better than yours. If you truly love your major, these pangs would be gone too soon. But if you see yourself more interested in your friend’s major than your own in the middle of the school year, maybe it’s time for you to switch.
10.) You hated everything about your internship: Your internship is an important part of your college life. This is the time where you’re able to experience what it’s like working in an industry where your major fits. However, during your internship, you hate everything about it. You didn’t have fun, and you weren’t interested in learning during your internship.
11.) You aren’t happy: “Life is too short to be anything but happy,” and this maxim also applies when you’re studying for your major. If you’re not satisfied with the major you have right now, other aspects of your life might be affected in the long run. You’ll be upset too frequently which can affect your relationships and even your perception in life. If you think your major is not right for you, ask yourself if a change in major can make things better.
Pay Attention To The Little Things
Everything you’ll do (and not do) in college can make or break your career in the future. How you’re able to adjust and mingle with your peers during college is something which you can also do when you start working. Remember, you’ll be working with colleagues who have different opinions and personalities. Take note of the signs from this article and if you know these all too well (as you’re experiencing these in college), consider shifting to another major. The earlier you shift, the better.
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