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How many times have you changed your major?

Or, if you're out of school, how many times did you change it during school? At first, I thought maybe I'll do biology. Then it was CIS. Then I thought hmmm... English. Then Psychology. I've finally ended up in the Health field and I love it. I was going to do Public Education... but it seems quite unattainable now and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. I don't think it's something I can do while working full time. Plus... I'm really not getting along with my epidemiology classes. So now I'm leaning towards being a physical education teacher or a personal trainer. (Exercise science.) And yet I would still rather spend my time building things. :P

NachoMahma6 years ago
. As others have pointed out, it usually not so much what degree you have as long as you have a degree. Probably a bigger deal in the Health fields, but in engineering, pfffft, lots of ppl not working in the field of their degree. See westfw's comment.
. If you are a Fro/Soph, don't worry about it too much, just try to make sure your credits will transfer if you change your mind. If you're an upperclassman, I'd stay the course, get a job, and go back to school if you change your mind later. But I'm not the best person to take advice from.
Lftndbt6 years ago
I seem to change my mind everytime a read an ible leaning towards a specific field.... ;P Unfortunatley/fortunatley I needed to go into full time employment at 19... This landed me in a job at a hardware store.... Bills combined with getting to play with anything from.... Lithium-ion impact drills to automated computer home security systems... kept me intrigued with te job.. We are, I guess a good old fashion all purpose hardware store... With ALOT of cool new products... we carry about 30,000 lines... big big store.... it would take me a good 15mins to walk around the parimeter (sqm doesn't do it justice)... ;) So I guess my Major at the moment involves ... hardwarestorology...;P
westfw6 years ago
I started as an EE major, stayed an EE major, and graduated with an EE degree. But ever since then I've been writing software. :-)
Stercus Fit6 years ago
I started with 'Environmental Science' at Penn State. Then, after finding out the hard way that science was not for me, I swapped to 'Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies' (CAMS). Then I transfered to UCF, where they didn't have CAMS or any other specific history. So 'History' it was. Then I decided I wanted to teach the deaf, so I changed to 'Social Science Education' for about a week before I realized I was two classes away from finishing my 'History' degree, so I swapped back. Once I finish up here, I'll go somewhere for a Deaf Ed masters program. I had the same issue for my minor: first it was something like 'Oceanography', then it was 'IT,' then 'Linguistics', then an education-related minor, and finally 'ASL/Deaf Studies'. Unfortunately, to finish my minor I've got to add an extra year, so I'm considering picking up another minor, either 'Anthropology' or 'Communication Sciences and Disorders.' I've been told by several people that the average college student changes majors five times, so no worries! :)
I'm a student at Indiana State University. On the application, I selected Art Education. Summer before freshman year, told my advisor I did want to teach, but not art. She said to switch it to "Liberal Studies." I did. Fall of Freshman year, switched to English Teaching. Fall of Sophomore year, switched to Construction Management. I really, really enjoy construction management. I've got about 2 years or so left. It's like Instructables...but the projects are bigger!
trebuchet036 years ago
Started as Aerospace Engineering
Switched to Industrial Engineering a few days before registration
Switched to Mechanical Engineering first week of school

Didn't lose any sleep or classes over it either :p


zieak is right, don't fret too much on what you're doing (as long as you like it and are capable of completing it). Jamie H. from Mythbusters is a perfect example of this -- guess what his degree is in.... Yep, Russian ;)

Don't only learn things -- Do things.
Mechanical Engineering is what I want to do when the time comes.
John, you wouldn't happen to compete in triathlons would you? Or go to UCF? Would you? I somewhat recently met a John Smith... who transfered to UCF for mech. engineering.... And your profile happens to say Florida as your location... Or are you just a completely different person with a username that is not, in fact, your name that also happens to be in Florida with aspirations of studying mech. engineering?
Or are you just a completely different person with a username that is not, in fact, your name that also happens to be in Florida with aspirations of studying mech. engineering?
Yep. I'm in 8th grade.
I do want to do mech. engineering, though. No idea what college, just not UF (the Gators).
My real name is not John Smith. I was playing on the fact that they are like- the most common first and last names.
jessyratfink (author)  trebuchet036 years ago
Well, the Jamie thing makes me feel better - he's my hero!
Goodhart6 years ago
So now I'm leaning towards being a physical education teacher or a personal trainer. (Exercise science.)

Physical therapy? In some areas that is both a steady and well paying career.
jessyratfink (author)  Goodhart6 years ago
It could lead to physcial therapy, yes. And that wouldn't be bad at all. I guess I'll just see what I lean towards in the next couple of years.
Goodhart6 years ago
I was not given the opportunity to do so after H.S. as my Dad had just passed, and I spent a good amount of time taking care of my Mom, who was deaf. This doesn't mean I have stopped learning things however, I have read up on a lot of subjects. And not just the "Dummy" style books either. Things from PL/1 structured programming to "Quintessence" by Lawrence Krause, I just wish I had more time to read and do things.
Kiteman6 years ago
You won't find UK posters changing majors much, because we have a different system - you pick a degree subject and work towards it for 3+ years. Specialisation may happen in the third year, but subject changes are rare. After the Bachelor degree, there's a Masters (one or two years of semi-independent study), then a Doctorate (PhD - usually 1-3 years of independent research, plus some teaching) and you're supposed to end up with something wholly new and original at the end of it. Theoretically, your PhD thesis can feed back into the BSc classes that follow on after you.
So if I wanted a Mechanical Engineering degree in the UK.... I would study general Engineering for about three years - and in the final year specialize for mech.? That's mighty different compared to my program... Study general engineering for about 1-1.5 years - then break off into individual degrees (mech., aero., civil, etc.). In the final year, specialize in your degree - in my case, I can pick from Energy Systems, Materials or Mechanical Systems. That compared to degrees not heavily dependent on sciences - 2 years of general education + 2 years of degree related education.
You can choose more general or more specialised courses. We have a central database of courses offered in the UK, called UCAS.
Started out biology, then pre engineering, then general, got my AA , now engineering, think I'm failing statics, considering biology again. or maybe just take statics again. ;-)
C'mon - you can do it! Sum of forces always equals ZERO :D
zieak6 years ago
I didn't change my major at the community college or 4 year school i attended. I also got lucky and landed a full-time year-round position in my field within a year of graduating. Here is my observation about the importance of that education you're getting. Finish it. I was a C student in high school. Never took a single AP course. Did no sports and was not active in any school associated extracurricular activities. But i knew i wanted to go to a community college that had to accept me as long as i had a 65% or greater average. I went to that school and did well because my classes were more interesting. I transferred easily and at that school graduated at the top of the class, student body president, blah blah blah. Yes, all that was important for those first job applications. But 10 years later and nobody cares how you did in HS or what your grades were in college. You just need to be able to check the box asking if you finished college. Take a look at job requirements for some jobs in fields you may be interested in. Work toward meeting those requirements and you'll have your foot inthe door in no time.