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Why It’s Okay To Not Love Your First Major

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at BU chapter.

When I began looking at colleges to apply to, I had this grand idea of what I wanted to do post-graduation. I thought that the major I chose was the perfect fit for me. At the time, I loved studying it and I was interested in the field, so I thought that I would love it in college.

I never would’ve imagined that only a semester later I would be switching my major.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love the major I originally applied to, but I realized very early on that I wanted to focus on a different aspect of the study. My original program was amazing and I don’t regret it. However, I found myself getting frustrated and dejected every time I left the classroom.

I felt like I was missing something, but I couldn’t possibly fathom that the plan I had for myself wasn’t going to work out.

After a semester of trying to convince myself that what I was feeling was normal and I was just experiencing the classic “adjustment period,” I realized that it was time to begin considering something else.

It hit me that the plan I created for myself was just that. A plan. A plan I made when I was a completely different person who had never experienced a college class. 

When I came to this realization, I felt so many emotions – terror, excitement, but most of all, relief.

I was terrified because I felt like I was betraying a part of myself that worked tirelessly to get to that point just to throw it away, but I was also relieved that I found the cause of the issue. I immediately met with my advisor and told him everything I was feeling, and he guided me to any resources I would need to switch my major.

After switching my major, it honestly felt like when I got glasses for the first time. Everything finally made sense.

I didn’t leave the classroom questioning if I was on the right path. I left feeling excited for my future and who I am going to become. I feel secure in my choices and the only regret I have is that I didn’t listen to my feelings earlier.

Making changes to your plans is natural, especially when you’re constantly changing who you are and who you want to be.

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Lara Hibbert is a member of the writing team for the Her Campus at Boston University chapter. She loves to write about life in the city, advice, music, books, entertainment, and pop culture. Outside of Her Campus Boston University, Lara works as a politics writer and anchor for WTBU News, and as a writer and crew member for Good Morning BU. She also DJ's on a show on WTBU called Intermission. She is currently working towards a Bachelors of Sciences as a sophomore at Boston University, majoring in Journalism with a minor in Political Science. In her free time, Lara enjoys going for long walks along the river while listening to her favorite Taylor Swift album, going to concerts, hiking, and swimming. She's also a Jeopardy geek and obsessed with watching reality television with her roommates.