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What advice do you have for someone who fears changing majors but is scared to continue in the major they have selected?

I am going to begin my first year at Grand Canyon University in the fall. I was accepted into the Nursing program earlier in the year, but as time has passed I fear I don't have what it takes to be a Nurse. What should I do? #college #majors-and-minors

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Kim’s Answer


This is where you learn to make a decision and commit to it. But, before you can do that, you need to ask yourself what it is that you fear about going forward with nursing. Is it simply a fear of failure (this is a very strong motivator to try harder!), or, do you get sick at the sight of blood? Fear of failure is not reason enough to quit. Ever! If you have the ability to succeed, if you apply yourself, then you go for it. You have to have faith in yourself! It is by taking these leaps of faith that we grow. After all, you have been accepted into the program, right?

What is there to fear about changing majors? We all have moments in our lives where we realize we need to do a "course correction." You know what is worse than changing majors? Staying in nursing when you have realized it is not for you! Yea, you might have a few classes that won't apply to the new major. That is money wasted, But, why else would there be a reason to not change? Afraid of what people will think? Don't be. This is your life, and your career, we are talking about - not theirs.

So, what do I REALLY think? Make a list of all the pros and cons of each option. Then set it aside and go for a hike, clear your head, make a decision, and move on. Wallowing in indecisiveness is self-destructive!

Hope this has helped!


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Diane’s Answer

Don't be afraid to change course. I started out thinking I wanted to be a doctor. I was going to major in biology and take a standard pre-med curriculum. It didn't take long into my freshman year that I figured out I was not going to make it through all the math and science classes I was going to need to take (and do well in) in order to get into medical school. Initially, I as devastated.

I talked to academic counselors. I had to think long and hard about whether it was something I could push through with the necessary tutors and other academic help I might need. I'm a stubborn person by nature and I don't give up on things that I want. So, I was confused when I just didn't feel driven to pursue pre-med any longer. After some soul searching, I realized that I had found other interests during my first year and that what I really wanted to do was change course. I switched to Political Science and ultimately went to law school and became a lawyer. I have never regretted my decision.

Go with your gut and do what makes you happy. Don't do something just because you (or others) think that you should. Good luck!