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Old 10-21-2013, 02:48 PM
 
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Anyone go through most of your major classes, an internship in your field, and then in your Senior Year of College finally admit to your self that you just can't stand the idea of being XXX (The type of jobs connected with your major.) Maybe you picked that major because your parents suggested it as practical, but after a period of denial, you finally admit to your self you hate it.

If so, what did you do and how did it work out?
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Old 10-21-2013, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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I don't know what your field is, but at this point it would take a lot to convince me that it would be better to change undergraduate majors now than to figure out what you want to do and look at a graduate program in the field you are really interested in.
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:02 PM
 
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I did. I started out in electrical engineering, switched to geography, and in my senior year of geography, switched back over to EE and graduated.
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:33 PM
 
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I am sure there are countless examples of people switching and it working out/not working out. However I can only give you 2 examples from real life.

One friend majored in nursing, switched junior year to health sciences-just did not like the work of a nurse. He is now working a decent job in IT, however he only got that job because a friend was able to get him on in a temp position (he is now full time). SO yes for him he did switch and it did work out but that is probably more due to having a friend working at the small IT company.

One friend was an accounting major then switched to computer information systems junior year. Graduated,looked for work, unable to find anything and is now in a managerial program at Wendys. Unlike the friend above he had/has no inside connection at an IT company or whatever. So for the interim he has settled at Wendys.
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:42 PM
 
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Yeah, happened to a friend of mine. She was a psych major but last minute decided she wanted to study biochemistry. She graduated with a degree in psych and then took a couple biology and chemistry classes for one semester, and then applied for a biology master's program instead of just getting another bachelor's.
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Anyone go through most of your major classes, an internship in your field, and then in your Senior Year of College finally admit to your self that you just can't stand the idea of being XXX (The type of jobs connected with your major.) Maybe you picked that major because your parents suggested it as practical, but after a period of denial, you finally admit to your self you hate it.

If so, what did you do and how did it work out?
I student taught my last semester of my senior year...middle school language arts, middle school reading, senior high creative writing, senior high American literature. I learned that I HAAAAAAAAATED the standard model of public school teaching. But, no, I did not change my major as a second semester senior. I had already finished my English degree the semester before, and was wrapping up my certification practicum for my secondary ed major. I still loved English, and teaching. Just not teaching in the type of setting that most people go on to for teaching jobs. So I collected my degree, and found another context in which to put it to use. But an important distinction is that I did NOT "find out" late in the game that I hated my major. I'm not even sure how that happens, except for students who allow their parents to dictate their major. I loved what I studied. I just found out, through internship (because student teaching is an internship), what setting I DID NOT want to work in to apply my degree.
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:08 PM
 
Location: United States
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I did. I started out in electrical engineering, switched to geography, and in my senior year of geography, switched back over to EE and graduated.
Did you have to stay back longer?
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Old 10-21-2013, 07:15 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default First things first

1. Graduate.
2. Graduate at the lowest possible student debt.
3. It does not matter. Just get the piece of paper.
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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1. Graduate.
2. Graduate at the lowest possible student debt.
3. It does not matter. Just get the piece of paper.
Yeah, haha. Unfortunately.

I study geography, and switched it to a three-year program just to save that extra 7-8 grand. I get a degree and a certificate for techniques, though. The goal is to hopefully not have to go back ever. If I can earn 30,000K a year, I'm happy in the end. Just need a bachelor pad, rapid-transit, and at least a month off to travel each year to be content anyway.
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Central Mass
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I knew a large number of people who changed majors either second semester of their junior year or 1st semester of senior year. That's when the second largest clump of people drop out of architecture school. At a 4+2 program, your first 2 years are spent doing general ed classes. Then you apply to the architecture program and change your major to architecture (i.e. Freshmen and sophs cannot be architecture students). Going from doing some homework and partying all the time to 60-100 hours a week spent in studio is enough for a lot of people to say F this and drop out to something easier, like law or medicine or engineering. 10%+ of the incoming class of 100 students drop out the first semester. Another 5% or so drop out over the next two. So, out of the 100 Juniors, only about 80 of them get a BS in Architecture two years later.
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