You’re 18 years old and people keep telling you that you have the world at your feet and while this is true it doesn’t mean you will always get it right. You can attend all of the open days, chat to lecturers and read through all of the information provided and unfortunately sometimes you can still end up in the wrong course. I’m not talking about the 1st day jitters, or not liking a few of your course modules, I’m talking about taking a course for the wrong reason.
Perhaps your family has put pressure on you to study a certain course or you believed that studying a certain degree would bring you a certain earning potential or that you would look cool at the next family function because you are studying philosophy when in your heart of hearts, you wanted to be studying journalism. Whatever the reason, you are a term in and hating every minute, your grades are slipping and you are feeling a little lost. Firstly, let me congratulate you because you are finally taking control and listening to yourself and what you really want, this isn’t a failure, yet a time for you to make the right decisions that will in-turn change your university experience and that my friends should be applauded.
So now you know it’s time for a new path, let’s get you there.
Start by chatting to your course advisor or counsellor
The first step is to chat open and honestly about your degree choice and why it isn’t working or you. Your course advisor will be able to help you work out the main issues and help you on the path to getting it right. Remember they want to see you succeed and thrive in your chosen course and though it might seem like a stressful process you will find a solution to your current situation and get yourself into a course you love.
Find out what course you actually want to do
Some transfers will be easier than others, like if you are swapping from history to English, no problem. But you need to work out what course you actually want to be doing to get yourself on the right path. It’s important to know that you 100% will not fall back in love with the course you are studying and that another course is 100% the oath you want to undertake. So do you research, chat to other students within your course and find the course that is right for you.
Ensure that the course you are doing is in fact the issue
Could it be that you are homesick or not settling in properly? Have you made friends you can study and hang with? Is your accommodation a happy place? All of these issues can greatly affect your time at university and it’s easy to confuse these feelings with thinking you dislike your course when in actual fact it is your environment that is letting you down. So make the most of extra curriculum opportunities and make plans to head home to see your family and loved ones, it might just be the opportunity to re-align everything again and you may realise that you just needed to settle into uni life properly or that some time at home was just what the doctor ordered, so have an honest chat with yourself and work out if it is the course or in fact uni life that is getting you down.
Find your passion again, there is a reason why you started
Have you thought about taking some short courses on the subjects that interest you? Keep the passion for what you love alive by taking short courses or subjects in your field of interest while you get your degree. You’ll find that when you enter the marketplace, these skills are transferable between jobs.
Happiness is key when deciding on your next journey at uni, and believe me when I tell you that A LOT of people have been exactly in this situation and have changed their degrees and gone on to be fulfilled and much better off, personally and academically.
So go on, take that leap of faith and find yourself a degree and then a career you love.
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