During my first year at Elmhurst, I was staunchly an English major. I did well in my English classes and I’m a pretty big fan of the written word. But this summer I did some soul searching and realized that an English major would not be entirely practical for my career aspirations. DON’T GET ME WRONG, AN ENGLISH MAJOR IS INCREDIBLY USEFUL AND VERSATILE AND YOU STUDY ENGLISH IF THAT IS WHAT YOUR HEART DESIRES. This is in all-caps and bolded because it is very important and I would hate to discourage anyone from pursuing a course of study that they are passionate about. I want to be a special collections librarian or an archivist and I realized that a history major would make more sense and better prepare me for that career path. I didn’t realize how much I missed history until I went a year without taking any history classes. But that doesn’t mean I’m letting my hard work in my English classes go to waste. Instead, I am flip-flopping my major and minor. I am still on track to graduate a year early, which is pretty exciting.
So, how do you go about switching your major? I consulted my best friend, who switched her major a few times within the course of the past year before I took any action. You would be surprised how easy it is. It’s really the decision to switch that’s the hard part. All you have to do to officially change your major is going to the advising office in Goebel Hall and grab one of the white half-sheets of paper from the desk and circle a few things and write down your name and student number. Then you mosey on down to your advisor and get their signature and bring the signed form back to the advising office in Goebel. Then, within a few days, BAM, you are officially majoring in a new course of study.
Moral of the story: Never be afraid to reevaluate your choice of major. I swore I would never change my major, but being inflexible would have damaged me in the long run. I was lucky that it did not affect my graduation time, but even if it did, I think an extra semester or year would be worth the preparation and education that would ultimately make me a more successful in the field I am pursuing.