Saturday, February 13th.
As some may know already, I'm making a switch. It's definitely not an easy decision to switch majors, but very normal. It still is daunting to think about, and I'm still in the process of switching. So, the average college student switches majors at least twice in their career, and hopefully this is my one and only switch because I don't want to change my mind about my decision. I'm not trying to avoid my major right now, but it is definitely not going to be something I enjoy doing and that is the most important aspect of switching majors.
Right now I'm still declared as a Computer Science Major, as the switch is happening and will only start taking place next semester. I decided to switch from Computer Science to Engineering Management. Trust me, it wasn't a sudden decision. I know some people that want to switch but don't know exactly what to switch to, so I recommend doing research and talking to people.
I was first interested in Engineering Management when the chair of the department gave a talk on it and I was just so interested that I did some research on what Engineering Management was and what kind of careers the degree would lead to. I initially wanted to just minor in Engineering Management until I realized that I really didn't like my Computer Science class at all. Not only was it difficult, but it was something I really didn't enjoy or see myself doing in the future. Of course, classes get difficult and I like challenges, but this was a class that I found no interest in, and programming is key to Computer Science degree. I wanted to move a little bit away from it (of course, I can't avoid programming forever) and just take a look at what I really want to do with my career with the things that I love to do currently. Plus, choosing a major before college was actually a sudden thing for me in which I only had one semester to decide. I was first afraid of the Engineering Management Major because I was afraid that I couldn't be a good leader, wanted to just follow other's footprints, didn't want to manage, etc, etc. But, that's not the main focus. The main focus is the end product. Am I going to be happy? Well... I'm not there yet so I'm not sure, but I know I will enjoy it more than the major I am currently in.
I got to speak with the chair of Engineering Management last Friday, and I'm glad I did. We first talked about my goal in college, who I am as a person, and why I decide to switch. I affirmed that I wanted to, that it wasn't just a sudden decision and he supported me. I thought it would be a very long process, but he even took the time to do all the paperwork. I'm very grateful for that.
At the moment, I'm not quite sure. I will wait for when the time advising for next semester's classes comes. I'm not stressing about this stuff because I know there are great people that can help me. The chair of the department affirmed that I'm not "behind" because this isn't a race. If I follow a plan for all the courses I'm going to take then I will be on track and I WILL graduate. I know that there is probably going to be a course or two extra that I will have to sacrifice part of my summer for, but as long as I get there and the journey goes well, then i'm happy. What will come of this? I'm not sure since I can't predict the future. But, I don't live in the future. I'm living in the "now" and I will try my best to succeed now.
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