Switching Majors: Career Counseling

Wystan Wang on Friday, 26 January 2018. Posted in Majors & Minors

How's it going, everyone?

It's Wystan again. This time, I would like to talk about how you can switch your major at RIT. I used to be in the Applied Statistics and Actuarial Science program, but now I am in New Media Design. It was a huge change!

When I first thought about what I wanted to do, I was like, “I can do math”, so I chose Applied Statistics and Actuarial Science as my major. The first semester went pretty smooth for me. However, the second semester started really rough and I realized that I did not enjoy what I was doing. That's when I started to question whether I in the right major or not.

Halfway through my second semester, I talked with my academic advisor and she was really helpful. I explained my situation, and she suggested that I schedule an appointment with the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education for career counseling. This service is specifically made for people who want to find what to major in.

I had four sessions with career counseling. At first, I only knew that I wanted to do something with art. I also love technology, but I did not want to do a lot of coding. In my career counseling sessions, they asked me questions like what my passion is, what I am interested in, what I am good at, etc. Then they used my answers to analyze which major was the best fit for me. That's how I switched to the New Media Design program because it combines both art and technology. It is exactly what I would love to do for my future!

I know a lot of people who switched their major after their first or second year. Career Counseling is an effective way to explore what you want to do. I suggest doing something that you enjoy. You will be a lot happier if you are learning things that you like.