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.