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Old 04-08-2013, 07:18 PM   #1
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So interesting question. (Please do not hate and tell me college is a waste of time because I really want to become a doctor.) Any who, the question:

What is all of this stuff about changing majors? Isn't it bad and the reason why people are in college for more than 4 years trying to earn a bachelors degree? I always thought you should have a specific field in mind when you go and push to get there in college. Am I wrong?

The college visits I went on, each tour guide switched majors at least once. I was appalled. Is this common? It can't be good can it?
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:20 PM   #2
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:21 PM   #3
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I switched majors. No big deal. Some people think they know what they want to do, but then find out in college that they are interested in something else. Or they are better at doing something else.

Other times some people find their field too difficult and switch out of necessity.

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Old 04-08-2013, 07:23 PM   #4
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Switching majors usually cost you more money and time, but in the grand scheme if you are doing something you want, it's well worth it. Also, many freshmen and sophomore classes are transferable between degrees, so if done early it's not a big deal.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:32 PM   #5
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also, many freshmen and sophomore classes are transferable between degrees, so if done early it's not a big deal.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:33 PM   #6
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Some people switch majors because they can't handle the work load.

A lot of med students will look into dentistry because its a fall back.
Law students sometimes fall back into business or something similar.
You'd be surprised how many Engineering majors change once they taste the curriculum.

Here in California it's very normal to see people transfer into a Uni and change majors once they are admitted. For instance, I am studying Engineering, however, I am a declared math major because I have to have a AS degree to be admitted into a CSU. Once I am admitted, I can change major.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:33 PM   #7
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You were appalled? What the hell is wrong with you?
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:34 PM   #8
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Some people switch majors because they can't handle the work load.

A lot of med students will look into dentistry because its a fall back.
Law students sometimes fall back into business or something similar.
You'd be surprised how many Engineering majors change once they taste the curriculum.

Here in California it's very normal to see people transfer into a Uni and change majors once they are admitted. For instance, I am studying Engineering, however, I am a declared math major because I have to have a AS degree to be admitted into a CSU. Once I am admitted, I can change major.
That's me. Went from a dual Aerospace/mechanical engineering to biology. Now in med school. Couldn't hack rocket science, so fell back to physician.
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Get required courses from a smaller college, then transfer to a bigger school. There is NO sense to waste time and money at a big university
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That's me. Went from a dual Aerospace/mechanical engineering to biology. Now in med school. Couldn't hack rocket science, so fell back to physician.
I'm hoping to finish with a degree in Mech Engineering. I do fine with all the Math and other stuff, Chem kicks my ass though.

I had to take Biology a few semesters ago to fill my req for physical science. I hated every minute of that class. I got to the point where I stopped trying to understand stuff and just memorized what I needed to get a B in the course. I couldn't imagine actually majoring in the stuff.
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I'm hoping to finish with a degree in Mech Engineering. I do fine with all the Math and other stuff, Chem kicks my ass though. I had to take Biology a few semesters ago to fill my req for physical science. I hated every minute of that class. I got to the point where I stopped trying to understand stuff and just memorized what I needed to get a B in the course. I couldn't imagine actually majoring in the stuff.
It was the exact opposite for me. Memorizing is what I do best, plus I find it interesting.
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Engineering -> Premed (wanted to do biomedical engineering) -> Packaging Engineering/Science degree

At least I stayed technical and finished in 4 years.
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You were appalled? What the hell is wrong with you?
I sorry maybe not appalled but extremely surprised that each of the college visits had guides who told us they changed majors. I did not expect it at all
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put your mind to it and follow through with good grades in your core science classes. My little sis, GF and I all have bachelor degrees in non-sciences. We did a post bac program and i got accepted into pharmacy school and lil sis just got accepted into MD school. GL
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I switched majors after the first year, then graduated, then switched again. If you really know what you want to do for the rest of your life at 18, then more power to you. I was not one of those people.
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I switched majors twice I think. Then graduated. Went back to college and received another degree in a totally different major. Then started a business unrelated to both majors. It didn't cost me more money, just time.


A high school student asked me what I majored in, and they were shocked to hear that it wasn't just one. My response was to them was "do you eat only one kind of food everyday? I mean, like you wake up and eat bread for breakfast, then bread for lunch and dinner?" No, right? So some people like doing more than one thing. Plus you get to learn more things.

You do realize most professions you will have more than one type of degree? A lawyer will have a BA in ??? and ....then a Doctor in Law
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I switched majors twice I think. Then graduated. Went back to college and received another degree in a totally different major. Then started a business unrelated to both majors. It didn't cost me more money, just time.


A high school student asked me what I majored in, and they were shocked to hear that it wasn't just one. My response was to them was "do you eat only one kind of food everyday? I mean, like you wake up and eat bread for breakfast, then bread for lunch and dinner?" No, right? So some people like doing more than one thing. Plus you get to learn more things.

You do realize most professions you will have more than one type of degree? A lawyer will have a BA in ??? and ....then a Doctor in Law
Oh yes I understand this but my understanding until recently was that most people commit to a major and stick to it and only some switch
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I knew what I wanted to do well before I even applied for college: Construction Management

As a result, I took an average of 18 units a semester and graduated in 4 years. Which is actually pretty rare for my major. But, if you don't know what you want to get into, take as many GE classes as you can the first year so transferring majors makes it a lot easier.
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