The Honest Truth
Published: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 16:09
Dear Honest Truth,
I’ve changed my major five times. Even though that’s considered to be an “average” number of times a college student changes their major, I’m only a sophomore. I started out as a zoology major, but then I realized I only liked working with domestic animals. Then I switched my major to accounting but remembered that I hate working with numbers. The third major was English – still not sure why I switched to that one. After English I switched to finance because I wanted to be like my older sister who works at a bank but then I didn’t want to be in her shadow. I’m considering switching to a different major but my options are dwindling. I have no idea what I’m doing with my life. I don’t want to waste any more of my parents’ money because they are the ones paying for my school. Also, they still think I’m a zoology major – I haven’t had the heart to tell them how many times I’ve switched. It’s been really embarrassing to admit and my friends are the only ones who know. Should I quit school and work for a year or should I stay in school and switch my major again? Help!
Dear Indecisive Bison,
The upside to having switched your major five times is now you know for sure what you don’t want to do with your life. I know college graduates who spend thousands of dollars and waste four or more years of their life in school only to hate their job once they’re thrust into the real world. My advice: Take some time off. This time will enable you to really search and find who you really are and where your interests lie. I don’t think anything is wrong with taking off some time from college to work – but remember: You must go back to school. Nowadays you need a degree to get a decent job that you actually like. Back in the day when our parents and grandparents graduated high school, it wasn’t a big deal to not attend college afterward. However, now it is almost necessary to have a college degree to get a job. One more thing: Tell your parents everything you’ve been hiding from them so far. Tell them you’ve switched your major. Tell them you want to possibly take time off. Tell them you’re going to switch your major again and remain in school. Whatever it is, just let them know what’s going on; it’s unfair if you don’t, especially if they’re paying for your school.