Why Its Okay To Change Your Major

Changing your major is common for many college students. Some students will change their major upwards of 10 times before settling on the right fit for them. It is nothing to be ashamed of and many students need the time to figure out the right path.

But that doesn’t mean you should change your major every semester. Make sure to take some time to think over the decision before starting the process, which may require paperwork and signatures from multiple department heads, professors and/or advisors.

Think about what practical applications the major you are considering can have. Weigh the options of choosing a more general major and then adding a minor, or maybe two, to dig into subjects that you enjoy. For example, you can major in business with a concentration in international business and minor in Spanish if you are very interested in the business world of a Spanish speaking country. This will allow you to have a wider range of knowledge while being able to dig deeper into subjects within the field you enjoy or want to work in. If you then decide that you aren’t interested in the economic systems of Spain you still have a general business degree that can help you land jobs in many fields.

Deciding what to major in (and in turn what life path to choose) can feel like the hardest and most stressful decision of your life. Focus on getting your basic classes completed and exploring what interests you. And don’t be afraid to change your mind. And for after you are finished with school and need student loan help completing documents for the Department of Education; call the Student Aid Center.


Working For Your College?

College costs can skyrocket quickly. Sometimes scholarships and grants aren’t enough and many students need to work while in school to pay their bills. But it can be difficult to find a job that is willing to work around your school schedule and will understand when you need time off to prepare for exams. Participating in a work/study program or working at your college can be a great way to have a work-school balance and make some extra money.

There are many jobs open to students at universities. Resident Assistants, often sophomore level and above, are students who live in the dorms (usually for free or at a reduced cost) and help the students on the floor by resolving disputes, providing counseling for homesick students, hosting fun activities, and personal touches to the dorm floor. They keep an eye on the students on their floor and may help by working in the lobby of the dorm, monitoring who is coming in and out of the building.

Another great job for students is working in various offices around campus, like the offices of Financial Aid, Student Life, and Administration. This can not only earn you some cash while in school but can be great work experience to add to your resume. It may even lead to a job working at your school after graduation.

Working for your university can be a great way to earn some money while in school and can help build your resume. You can get the chance to do something unique and learn more about your school from behind the scenes. The Student Aid Center is a great place to turn to. They provide assistance with the preparation of documents required by the Department of Education.

Going Greek

College can open your world to many new experiences and opportunities. Many universities have hundreds of clubs, teams, and organizations for students. Sororities and fraternities are two groups that many students decide to join.

They are social organizations that undergraduate students can join that aim to help students bond and provide good networking as well as some scholarship opportunities. They often have a Chapter house that students can live in to be close to other members and participate in activities together.

Sororities, from the Latin word meaning sister, are for women and fraternities, from the Latin word meaning brother, are for men. They are typically named using the Greek alphabet and the letters of each organization hold great pride for its members, often called brothers or sisters.

Joining a Greek organization helps students, especially during their freshman year of college, to make friends and create bonds with others. Members are often paired with an older member of the organization as their Big Brother or Big Sister to mentor and help guide them through college life.

There are also professional or academic Greek organizations that can help students connect with people in their chosen major and build their professional networks.  Because these Greek organizations are not solely focused on social bonds, they are a great place for students who may not feel like they fit in at a typical sorority or fraternity. Joining a Greek organization can help you make friends and build networking skills, which can lead to job opportunities.

While joining the Greek life can often be a great way to get the most from your higher education experience, so can working to eliminate frustration and to save money in regards to your student loan debt. When dealing with student loans, a good organization to turn to is the Student Aid Center. Their professionals help by offering professional assistance with the preparation of documents required by the Department of Education.