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Why I Decided to Change My Major

When I first began my career as a Wilmington College student, I struggled with the decision of what major I would study. I kept telling myself that this was what I would be doing for the rest of my life, and that I needed to choose carefully. I had contemplated majoring in social work, psychology, and teaching. When I went to the accepted students program during my senior year of high school, I had decided about five minutes before someone would present my name and major that I would just be undecided. When the final steps before freshman year were coming upon me, I had finally made my decision… I would teach!

Samantha O’Brien, sophomore

My first year and a half went very smoothly. I was getting good grades, I had friends in the education program, and I wasn’t having any doubt about my major. It wasn’t until half way through the first semester of my sophomore year that I started thinking, “Thank god I won’t have to stand up here and teach. How would I do that? Would the students want to learn, or just goof off?”

During this time, I was also contemplating adding a minor in criminal justice, so I could work with people in prison or a juvenile detention center and help them get their GED or maybe even teach them some college classes. My doubts became a reality when I realized that I wouldn’t get into the program without improving my math score by two points.  After this realization and a long talk with mom, I decided that the right choice for me was to change my major. I would jump from a double major with education and English to a major in psychology and a minor in criminal justice.

For those students that are worried about changing their major, or contemplating whether the major they chose was the correct one, don’t fret.

Before I changed my major, I was grateful that I wouldn’t be one of the thousands of students that would change their major in the first couple years of college. I knew that it might be difficult, that I might not be able to fit in all the correct classes. My fears disappeared after meeting with my advisor. She worked with me to figure out if I would be able to take the classes I needed with the two and a half years that I had left, and let me know that if I ever needed anything that she would be there to help. It was the same with my new psychology advisor. She worked with me to fit all the classes into my schedule and even helped me get into the introduction to psychology course for the spring semester.

For those students that are worried about changing their major, or contemplating whether the major they chose was the correct one, don’t fret. Wilmington College is an amazing college, with even more amazing faculty that will help you along every step of the way!

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