If Nothing Else, Just Keep Pushing Forward

For many students nowadays, it takes longer to graduate. Whether it’s a change of schools or a change of major, such decisions add on to the number extra courses you must take to graduate, as well as the expenses you accrue over the years. It may be better to just drop out, but if you’re already so many years into your degree, would that be such a great idea?

Purvi S. Mody, an education consultant at Insight Education, writes an article of her own on this matter. From what she’s seen, much of the reason students make these decision is either because they aren’t prepared for the college life or they’re majoring in something that just doesn’t suit them. That, or they simply lack the discipline to stay focused.

Now there’s nothing wrong with changing majors. If, say, ┬ájournalism turns out to not be your thing, but you’ve interned as a copywriter someplace and really enjoyed it, then you may want to change majors — if you’re only a year or two into the degree, that is. If you’ve already completed three years and you’re on your fourth, it may be wise to just keep pushing forward. As Mody says in her article, college is a means to an end, not the end itself.

Changing majors, especially when nearing completion, not only can cost you another year or two, but also cost you a lot more in college expenses. Chances are, the internship you’ve done may have given you enough experience in that job field that the degree really won’t matter. What employers are looking for are employees that will work hard and that carry the necessary skills to collaborate as a group and complete any task given to them. Stuff that can be worked on by spending less time on trying to figure out what you want to major in and more time doing what it is that you enjoy doing.