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It’s the first thing people ask you in college: “What’s your major?” It’s tough to answer when you have no idea what you want to study or if you feel your current path might not be the right fit.
Most ASU students end up changing their major at least once prior to graduation. In this two-part series, we’ll dive into the “why” behind changing your major, as well as the “how.”
Take the time to think this through carefully. Changing your major can tack on more classes, resulting in additional time and money spent on your degree. On the other hand, it can also help you achieve that “you’ll never work a day in your life if you’re doing what you love” mantra.
You’ll want to set up an appointment with your advisor to discuss making a change. Before you go, think about what a major really means and what you want. Aaron Garriss, director of Student Success Innovations, tells students that your major is the subject matter that you will become an expert in, it’s not always a direct path to a specific career. He encourages students to take a serious look at their options (like those listed below) before making the big decision.
If you’re still not sure what you want to do, your advisor is a great resource. They can help you navigate the major and career exploration tools online, and are there to discuss your options with you. Once you’ve made your decision, you can send a change of major request to the advising team of your new major. That’s where the next article in this series comes in. It’ll cover all the questions you should consider so that you get the information you need for a successful transition. Read Making a major change (part two) here.
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