Christian Youth & Young Adults
"They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:30-31)
During their post-secondary studies many students find themselves considering the idea of switching majors. Perhaps they are not doing well in their current program, they are unhappy in their current program, or both. If you are experiencing either or both of these problems, then it might be a good idea to change your major.
Sometimes, no matter how hard one tries, a student simply is not cut out for a certain program and receives poor grades. If this is the case for you, then it is probably better to take a second look at your interests and skills and see whether they might be better suited to a different major. It simply might not be worth it to continue struggling on if there is a possibility that you might not be able to do well enough to receive a degree, not when there are so many other options available to you in college.
Other students, even if they are making the grade, are unhappy in their current major. They either had no interest in it in the first place or have lost interest along the way. Unless you know that your degree will lead you to a job that will indeed make you happy, then there is no reason to stay in a program just for the sake of finishing what you started.
Switching majors, even as late as the third year, does not have to set you back considerably in your studies, especially because you will probably switch to a program that you have already taken classes in and know that you like. It could perhaps add a year or even just an extra semester to your studies if you work hard. You might even be able to stay on track by taking spring and summer courses.
If switching majors will set you back a few years and the prospect seems daunting and exhausting, then do not forget to find strength and comfort in the Lord during difficult times. God knows that you may experience moments of weakness, and He is always there to offer help and encouragement. Bible verses can be a fantastic source of motivation and inspiration as well, letting us know that God is aware of what we are going through. Take these verses from the Book of Isaiah:
"Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:30-31)
No matter where your undergraduate career takes you, God will be with you every step of the way. Switching majors could be the perfect choice for you if you are not doing well or are simply unhappy in your current program. Give it some thought, look at your options, and, if you know that there is a better path available for you, then do not hesitate to take it.
You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, righteousness, and uprightness of heart toward You. And You have shown him great kindness in giving him a son to sit on his throne this day. Now, O Lord, my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David and I am still a little child and do not know how to go out or to come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, so numerous that they can not be numbered or counted. Give Your servant therefore an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and bad, for who is able to judge among so great a people?