How to Deal with a College Major Crisis

Boundless users have lots of great advice, tips, and tricks for making college a smoother ride. Incoming Ball State University sophomore Victoria Emeli participates in Best Buddies, Hall Council, and Photography Club while on campus. After her first year of college she has started to experience what she calls a “major crisis” – about her college major! Read her advice in the guest post below.

If you have ever thought about changing your major, fear not: you are not alone. According to NBC, more than 50% of college students change their major at least once and a little over 40% change about 3 times in their academic career.  It’s a subject that many want to know about but few ever talk about. I am going into my sophomore year of college and now want to pursue a business/marketing degree but I’m torn because I am debating whether or not to throw out my current major, biology. I know, YIKES!

Here is my rundown on changing majors – or double majoring.

  • Change Is Good

If you’re just not feeling it in your major, then maybe it’s time to explore other options. Yes, it can be scary at first, but talking to your counselor, friends, family and professionals in different fields can definitely boost your confidence in making the right move.


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  • Intern or Take a Test

Job shadowing over the summer or break is an excellent hands-on way to test the waters and figure out if this is something you can handle for a long term career. If you like what you see when you do a job shadow day, try an internship next!

Also take career aptitude tests, which help you identify your perfect job. Some high schools offer them for free as do many colleges.

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  • The Daily Double

If you decide to pursue two majors, make sure that they compliment one another. Both majors should add to your knowledge and fit together well – such as journalism and creative writing. This will allow you to have more of an edge in the job market. Employers will take notice of your extra credentials and your commitment  to your interests.

  • Last But Not Least

Find something you genuinely care about. You must enjoy it to some level for it to be all worthwhile. All the money, time, effort, and energy should amount to something – so make it count and take pride in all that you do!

Thanks, Victoria! Have some college advice you’d like to share? We’d love to hear it! Fill out our guest post form.