Remember how hard it was to decide what program you wanted to apply for when applying to university?
If you were that high school student who knew exactly what you wanted to do post-high school and had your future already planned out for you, then koodoos to you! (I’m jealous).
Realistically, there’s a lot of students who don’t really have much of an idea what they want to do with their life, and that’s okay! Even if you’re currently in a certain program and having second thoughts, that’s okay too! Sometimes, it’s only when you’ve experienced it that you start to realize that maybe it’s not for you.
The thing that is most important to remember is that it’s okay to change your mind. Whether you have grown out of the idea or, after experiencing a semester of classes, you’ve realized its just not for you—it’s okay!
Here’s a few tips that can help you with your decision!
Go talk to your Academic Advisor:
Set up an appointment with your academic advisor, and they will help you sort through these thoughts and get a plan in action. They can give you the resources, advice and pathways to take in order to make your decision. Be sure to visit your Sakai and check when your advisor is available. Sometimes, you can just walk in and speak with them, no appointment needed!
Ask around about another program:
Do you have another program in mind? Try and ask around about it! Ask older students in the program and see what they have to say about it. Take the time and go visit an instructor who works in that department and get more details about the department and the courses offered!
Do your research:
If you’re looking to switch programs, it could be a good idea to do some research on the field you’re interested in switching into! What kind of opportunities does it open up for you after you’ve graduated? What would you want to do with your degree? Open a new tab in your browser and Google it! The more that you know, the easier your decision will be later on!
Take an elective:
If you’re not filly committed on switching programs just yet, then maybe try taking an elective that interests you in another program! That way, you’re able to get the gist of what it would be like to be in the program and the kind of things that are expected of you.
Talk to your Mom and Dad:
See what they have to say about it! Try making a pros and cons list and go over it with them, and see where they stand on the issue. Your parents want what’s best for you, and should be there to support the decisions you make for your future.
Don’t feel stuck! There are more than enough ways to get you onto the path you want to be on. By following these tips, you’ll reward yourself with a better insight of what you maybe want to do and the actions that need to be taken to do so! When you are in high school, it’s hard to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life. There is no shame in changing your career path!