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Opinion: Picking, then switching majors

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Posted: Saturday, September 8, 2018 10:27 pm

While college is meant to let people further their education, not everyone knows what they want to study right off the bat.

Upcoming college students typically pick their major before they start attending. Once they start classes, they have the option to switch provided they have enough time to complete their new program.

According to a report from the Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics, around 33 percent of students entering college in 2011-12 changed their majors in the first three years. 

Students making this decision must take several key aspects of their life into consideration. As someone who switched majors very early in his college career, I vividly remember staying up at night wondering if I could find work in my new field or if my family would accept my decision.

For Luke Grayson, the decision was a matter of trying out different things. When switching from a space science major to geology, he said his biggest source of hesitation being the program he was already in.

“I feel like most of my worries were actually with staying with space science,” said Grayson. “I’d get through some of the classes saying, ‘I don’t know what just happened.’”

Students do have options to make the decision easier. Before officially making the switch to geology, Grayson took a basic physical geology course to test the waters.

“I actually understood the material.” Grayson said. “I decided yeah, I like this enough. I’m going to switch to it.” 

It comes down to a case-by-case basis. Switching is the best decision for some, and a poor one for others. Ultimately, students should be coming to college to study what they think they can thrive with. If it takes a few tries to find that one thing that suits you, then so be it.