If you aren’t in love with your major, you aren’t the first.

college majorsIf you’re like me, 18 is way too young to know exactly what you want to do with the rest of your life. Deciding on my major seemed to loom over me my entire senior year. After graduating high school, you are magically expected to have the rest of your life perfectly planned out. Talk about stress!

Well, I tried that … and it didn’t work. I had a vague idea of what I liked from what I did in high school. I took every art class offered and loved it, making me sure my field of study would have some relationship to art. That I got right; it was all those other details that tripped me up. With art in mind, I dived into college.

From there I picked my major as interior design, planned my classes and looked forward to graduation. By the time my sophomore year rolled around, school was overwhelming. Homework dominated my life and drained me of all energy. There was no balance and boy was I unhappy.

Once I realized it was my major that was the source of all my grief, I took a risk and changed it to art history at the beginning of my junior year. I was really nervous and so were my parents (that’s an understatement) making such a gamble so far into school, but in the end it was the best decision I made in my four-year college career.

It’s easy to realize you’re unhappy. Finding out the source of your stress is key. Then you know what to change. Getting the courage up to do something different, to try something new may take a day, a month or in my case two years.

Nevertheless, I was so happy and proud of myself for at least trying. Even if it didn’t go according to plan, at least I tried. Anything would be better than being miserable. Nothing is worse than regret. Take a page from my book. If you aren’t in love with your major, you are not the first. Change can be good and changing your major is a perfectly acceptable course of action – Samantha

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