Sometimes, students tend to find themselves losing interest in what they are currently studying. Not only can this be a terrifying moment of realisation, but the thought of potentially switching degrees is most certainly stressful and overwhelming. This is not a common practice, but may be done out of necessity, so students who are considering taking up a different course altogether may feel isolated. However, students must first understand that it is perfectly alright to feel as though the path they are currently on is not what they are looking for anymore.
It is vital that students don’t panic at this moment in time. Yes, it may seem difficult, and you are allowed to feel anxious about the future, but know that everything will fall into place with research and the right type of plan– it just takes some time. Students tend to feel as though their future will fall apart because the prospect of having to start all over again may seem daunting. However, students must understand that it is always better to do what they are passionate about rather than continuing with something that will not make you feel fulfilled in the long run. If needed, students are highly advised to reach out for help. Open up to your loved ones, and perhaps even seek guidance from a counsellor. Remember, bottling up your emotions will only make you feel worse. If needed, contact the mental help services as well. At the end of the day, your health comes first over anything else.
Begin with some self-reflection
Of course, it is important for students to know what they want out of their university experience, and switching degrees potentially being one of those decisions they have to make. However, students must also do some self-reflection, asking themselves why they are considering switching degrees. Students must also ensure that they are making this choice not out of impulse. Think things through and talk to a third-party to gain a clearer perspective. For instance, students can seek advice from their parents, friends and lecturers. Besides that, students can also look for an opinion through a professional. The university counsellor would be a wonderful place to start, and chatting to an education advisor group, such as MABECS, would also come in handy.
Do some research
Students can also do some research on the Internet. Technology has come a long way, so looking up for the degree you want to switch to will most definitely give you a better picture of what you are expected of. Log on to forums that discuss these topics, or read up on tips on how to anticipate changes when it comes to swapping degrees. Through extensive research, students may realise that switching degrees isn’t the best option anymore, or maybe it will actually allow students to feel certain that their current degree is definitely not for them. Doing some research and connecting with others will also help students feel more connected, thus helping them feel less lonely. You may even be surprised by the fact that there are others facing the exact same issue.
Be kind to yourself
In stressful situations like these, students must not put themselves down. Of course, it is easier said than done, but shifting your mindset to a more positive perspective will allow you to be less worried. If you do end up switching degrees, understand that you are not “behind” just because you are starting from square one. Instead, take this experience as something to learn from, using it to build up your character and resilience when facing challenging times.
Lastly, if you are still unsure about continuing on with your current degree, and yet, you are still unsure about switching degrees as well, students must know that the option to take a gap year is always there. There is no shame in taking some time off to think. After all, it is better to take things slow rather than rush through the decision and regret afterwards. Most of all, never allow anyone else to condemn you either, no matter the decision you make. Focus on yourself, be confident and simply just do your best.