Here's What to Do If You're No Longer Happy With Your College Course

by Raisa de los Reyes   |  Mar 9, 2023
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Sometimes, you can’t help but question if you’re really happy with the course you’re studying or the  career paths you want to pursue. These doubts may push you to re-evaluate your personal wants and your expectations of what your future could look like. With the many external and internal pressures that come with graduating, you may even begin to overthink whether or not a certain path will bring you the success you expect from yourself. However, you can alleviate your worries by shifting or seeking counsel from the proper authorities in your school.

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If you’re also unsure of what you want to do at the moment, you can consider the following tips and steps below:

  1. Apply for a minor degree.

Sometimes, your university will open slots for students who’d like to take a minor degree under specific programs. Make sure to check for updates regarding the availability of such degrees because it provides you the opportunity of knowing more about the course without doing a full load or shifting completely. This option is best for students who still intend to stay in their current degree, but wish to explore other options that they could try in the future. Depending on your university, a minor degree will either require you to take specific subjects that are expected of students with this major or you may need to complete a specific number of units. 

  1. Recall why you pursued your degree in the first place.

Having an existential crisis about your course could only be a usual case of college burnout dictating how you feel. Try to recount the initial reasons that made you interested in the course. From there, you can assess if the reasons outweigh the stress you’re experiencing and  can conclude if you have a different passion. Sometimes, the tasks you are doing now and the tasks you are expected to accomplish do not totally fit the initial expectations you had for the course. However, this should not dissuade you from pursuing the subject altogether. 

  1. Shift to a different degree.

If you’re not as satisfied or happy with your degree, then you should consider shifting. You may refer to the other two choices you had in mind when you applied for the university. Simply contact and coordinate with the proper officers of your college and research the kind of requirements necessary for your shifting. 

  1. Join an organization.

To explore more without having to spend so much money, you may opt to join the home organization of the course that you’re interested in. Through this connection, you can ask the members what their degree is like and what they may find enjoyable or difficult in their course. Not only do you broaden your social networks, but you are able to garner information from activities which may benefit you in the long run. 

  1. Ask for advice from your guidance counselor.

If you’re unable to make a decision, consult with your guidance counselor on what you can do. You may express your doubts and frustrations with them regarding your situation. During the appointment, they may help you address the root cause of your problems and guide you to a decision that will determine how you want to handle the situation. Furthermore, they can provide clarity by enlightening you with advice and perspectives that you weren’t able to see before.

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