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Any advice for shifting course please 🥺. I am 2nd year College and I want to shift course next semester (2nd sem).My course is Hospitality and wanna shift to Psychology

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Marley’s Answer

Hi Ria, all of these answers are great. I'd like to share a perspective as someone who immigrated to the USA from the Philippines. It's very important that you take into account which resources are available for you. If your college has an adviser, make sure you book an appointment with them and get their insight on changing majors. It's definitely not too late to change majors. It's better to go for a major that you think will really benefit you in your future career. What is it that you want to do? If that's not in the hospitality sector, maybe it would be best to change your major. In the Philippines, people really do look at your major. If you want to do something like marketing, business, sales, or anything along those lines - it would be a bit difficult to enter with a hospitality degree. Most people who study psychology in college end up in varied fields. It's a bit more general than hospitality. Regardless, the decision is yours. There's no wrong decision here, once you ask the right questions, you'll arrive at the right answer.
Some questions worth asking:
- What is it that makes me want to switch to Psychology?
- What do I want to do after college? What type of career do I want to pursue?
- Which major will help me to step into the career that I want to be in?
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Edgie’s Answer

Hello Ria,

I hope everything's okay on your side. Whatever your reason for thinking of shifting please think about it first and t multiple times. You are 2nd year and you are half way on getting your degree. If you really made a decision on shifting. You may ask your guidance councilors or professors about this, or some close friends or maybe people you may know that in Psychology major, talking to someone ease the worry you are feeling.

Also, are you sure too that you'll shift to Psychology? and I hope no one is forcing you to shift. Some students really doubt their choice even it is their dream college program in the middle of college, so it's kind a normal if you feel doubt or feel unsure especially in this time of pandemic. I hope you still consider finishing it your hospitality program.

I hope this will help you.

Best of luck and you are doing amazing! :)

-Edgie
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Nicole’s Answer

Shifting majors at your level is probably very doable. However, since you're already halfway through college (congrats!) I would encourage you to start thinking about what type of career and lifestyle you'd like to have after you graduate and let that drive your choice of major. Psychology careers often require graduate schooling, internships, or other advanced requirements before you can land a job -- especially a well-paying job. Don't let that deter you, but make sure you've done your research and are prepared to commit. As another option, if you've never heard of industrial-organizational psychology, I encourage you to Google it. This is more like "business psychology." It can be a great option if you're not necessarily set on doing social work or counseling, and it generally comes with fewer requirements in order to land a great job. It could pair very well with your hospitality background, but may be more aligned with a Business program than traditional Psychology. Whatever you choose, good luck!
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Alana’s Answer

Hi Ria, I would highly suggest speaking with an adviser before making the course change. If your current degree plan calls for an elective, perhaps you can see if a PSYCH course can count towards and elective and you can take that course and see if it's truly a subject you'd wish to switch to. Also for the PSYCH degree, check out the course catalog or degree program and see if you can find a sample degree plan and see the different courses one would have to take for that major to see if those are also topics that interest you. I began as a music major and shifted to a Sociology major myself. I took sociology as an elective or to meet the social science requirement and discovered I loved it and switched my major at that point. Good luck!
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Kathleen’s Answer

I recommend reaching out to any peers you may have that are in the program you want to switch to. It may be really beneficial to hear their perspectives as well as make sure that is the choice you want to make. I also recommend you do your research on jobs in that discipline area to see what may be available to you after school. Lastly, don't stress about it too much. Your degree / what you major in will not dictate the rest of your life, and you can always make a career change later! I switched my major a few times and once I settled in I felt much better. Best of luck!
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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Ria! I know of some friends who changed their majors and the second year is actually a suitable time to do it! Usually you can submit a change your major form via the adviser's office. Then you can outline what classes to take so you can finish on time, some classes may even transfer over such as general education courses.

I hope this helps!
I wish you the best!
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