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Why a Major Change Isn’t Such a Major Change

Words by Kiana Duncan

How did you end up here, laying on the floor, crying at Rosie’s? You used to have it all figured out. You used to be so sure of yourself.You had an entire spreadsheet dedicated to the next three years of school. You had a medical school themed graduation party. Now all you can do is think about the last time the sun was shining (5 months ago), the last time you went to the gym (more than 5 months ago), and where it all went wrong (was it ever right?).

So, your major sucks. It’s way too freakin’ hard, the people in your classes are generally terrible people, you can’t even get yourself motivated enough to start on your homework, and you can barely get yourself out of bed in the morning to go to class. This kind of sounds like Journalism and Mass Communication, but you know, we keep our problems to ourselves. Kidding. But we’re all assholes, no joke. If we look angry while walking around campus, there’s a 100 percent chance we just got back from transcribing an interview, and you know, doing whatever ad majors do. KIDDING. I’m assuming it’s hard.

Okay, so you probably have a few concerns now that you realized you hate kids and you never wanted to teach in the first place:

  1. I’m never going to graduate on time.
  2. The Internet says you can’t get a job in sociology.
  3. I don’t even know what else I would do.
  4. This is what I always said I was going to major in.
  5. Nuclear physics is hard.
  6. People from my high school are going to find me and laugh.
  7. What if I’m not good at anything?
  8. Is that even a major?
  9. Everyone is going to be disappointed in me.
  10. My dad is Neil deGrasse Tyson, and everything I do looks like failure (sounds like a personal problem).
  11. Everything dies eventually.

While most of these are real concerns, everything in life is a risk. But you know what a bigger risk is? Assuming you’ll find a job in a field you absolutely hate. If you don’t pursue your dream of underwater basket weaving now, who knows how long it will take for your accounting firm to realize your true passions.

Secondly, please stop listening to the Internet about your future job field. There’s really only so much a guy with a WordPress account can say about how stupid the business school he didn’t get into is and how every business will fail when the apocalypse happens in six months. Dude, what are you even reading? While I will admit not every business article is stupid, you can’t base all your self-worth on not being in the 10 percent of people who will get a job. Have some faith in yourself. One time in my Colloquium class, some dude told a really inspiring story about how a girl doubted her archaeologist dreams and majored in fashion and then ended up conquering the world and living out “Jurassic Park.” I don’t really remember the exact story, but let me tell you, it was good. Or maybe he was crazy. The world may never know.

You will still probably graduate in four years. I know the road looks bumpy right now, but good academic advisors are like unicorns. There are definitely bad ones that you question if they’ve even been to Kent State before, but just keep switching until you find a good one. They will squeeze in triple-credit honors summer thesis madness. They’re that good. I brought in no high school credit and I’m doing one major and two minors in four years and I’m no more dead than the average college student.

Trust me, everyone is good at something. Except for you, Tiffany. You just suck. If you’re having trouble, talk to the professors of your favorite classes. You can also go to career counseling: http://www.kent.edu/career. You have a ton of options, so take your time. The more rushed you feel, the less thought you’ll actually put into making this decision. I’m not going to lie, it’s a big one, but completely worth it.

I’m about to tell you something I’m going to lose all my friends over, and that would be some of the greatest major-change situations that have happened to my friends.

  1. My friend wanted to be a dentist. Then an accountant. Then a finance analyst. Then a criminologist. Then a computer engineer. Now he’s back in business. Metaphorically, that is. He still can’t get it together, but he will graduate in four years, and so will you!
  2. This other guy I know switched from chemistry to computer science to nursing and ended up back in chemistry.
  3. I knew a girl who was a math major for less than 24 hours.
  4. Another girl switched from fashion to be a middle school education major. And those are dangerous waters, my friend. May the odds be ever in your favor.

Do I see a smile there? No, you’re crying harder? See, you’re going to be OK-ish! Some of the biggest success stories from Kent came from a major change. It doesn’t make you a failure. It’s important to love your major. Why? Because when you’re good at something, it shows. You work harder, show up earlier, and you get noticed. That’s why this matters. You cannot put your full heart into something you do not truly enjoy. I promise yours is out there, kid. Now get out there and play a great game. *Smacks your butt* GO TEAM.

*cue cheesy nineties drama music*

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