Warning signs you might be regretting your choice of degree

March 30, 2017
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Choosing the wrong major can stress you out, trash your grades, hurt your future, and just generally make you a miserable person. But how can you tell that you're headed down an academic path that's just not right for you? Here are five tell-tale signs that you should reconsider making the switch

You don’t find the material interesting

Remember, this is the degree you’ll be studying for the next three to four years and you’ll most likely stay in that field long after you graduate. If you’re looking at the course material and dying a little on the inside, how do you expect to work in this field after uni? Even the most dedicated students get a little sick of their degree sometimes, but you should at least have a spark of interest in your major. If you couldn’t care less about what you are being taught, that’s a bad sign.

You’re only doing it for the money

It’s great to be thinking about what degree will benefit you financially in the future. But if you’re doing something you hate purely for the money, uni will be the worst years of your life. There’s a famous quote that says “Do what you love and money will follow.” It doesn’t mean do want you want and everything will work out, but I’d rather spend my life being happy by doing something I love, than spending a life time doing something I don’t enjoy because it pays well/

You dread going to uni everyday

OK, I’m not saying you should jump out of bed in the morning with a grin on your face and skip to your lectures throwing flower petals everywhere. However, it shouldn’t get to the point where you feel you’re not mentally ready to take on another day. You shouldn’t feel trapped. If you’re doing what you love, there should still be curiosity and excitement to learn new materials, even in your third year.

You can’t explain why you chose your major

If you really can't justify why you picked your field of study, it's possible that the passion is really not there. There is a big pressure after you graduate high school to jump into your degree and start studying your life away. As a result, choosing a random major can be quite common in first year. But you don’t have to study it because all your friends are or because your parents want you to. At the end of the day, it’s your life. If you need some time to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life, then it’s your choice and no one else can change that.

You can’t see how your degree will help you in the future

If your degree doesn’t necessarily put you on a linear path to your career, that’s fine! It’s OK to not see the light at the end of the tunnel when it’s only your first year. However, as time goes on, you should have a clear picture in your head of what you want to be or where you want to go with your degree. It’s a scary thought I know, but you will eventually have to leave the safety of your lecture theatre and enter the big bad world of job hunting!

If you're constantly coming up blank when you're thinking about the long term benefits of your degree, then it might be time to make the switch.

Sophie Nicolas

Sophie is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts and is an aspiring writer, dog enthusiast and thrift shop fashion icon.

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