There is a huge stigma that surrounds changing programs of study. Some people may not understand why you would want to make the switch and this can result in MANY questions such as:
“Why are you switching? Didn’t you have a plan in high school?”
“So you wasted x amount of years?”
“Do you know how much money that’s going to cost you?”
and the worst one:
“You’re switching to THAT? Are you going to be able to find a job?”
These questions will be asked many times before people will understand why you want to switch, and although it gets tiring, it is a great way to reassure yourself on why you want the change in the first place.
When I was in my final year of high school, I decided to accept an offer to a program that I was interested in at the time. I was excited to finally get out of high school and study what I wanted to study instead of spending time on courses I was not remotely interested in. However, throughout my first year, I realized that the program was just not right for me. I realized I did not want a career in which I would be sitting at a desk all day and eventually, I became unhappy with myself. I lacked motivation and ambition when it came to classes and it was becoming more visible to those around me. During the last few months of my first year in the program, I decided to apply for a different program at a different university and ended up getting accepted. Although it was a nerve-wracking experience and I was scared about what others, especially family, would think, I could not be happier today with where I am at and the program I am currently studying.
These are the reasons why I realized it was okay for me to make the switch and why those questions stated above did not bother me:
- I needed to make myself happy. Your happiness is more important than anything.
- My future career. At the end of the day, you are the one that is going to school and will end up with a career most likely associated with that degree-are you sure you want to study something you are going to hate for the rest of your life?
- I figured out that I was most likely to succeed with something I loved learning versus something I did not.
It is OK to change programs. It is OK to have doubts. It is OK for you to want something different for yourself.