What to Do If You’re Having Second Thoughts About Your University Plans

You may think you know exactly what you want to do at university — where you want to go, what you want to major in, and what you want to do after — only to have doubts when you start school. Although this is not ideal, it’s completely normal and happens to numerous students. Whereas it can be stressful to change your plans, it’s better to realize sooner rather than later that you need to make a change. If you’re having second thoughts about your university plans, there are a few things you need to do to make the transition easier.

1. Be Kind to Yourself

When you start studying, you’ll discover new things about yourself, explore new subjects you never realized you were passionate about, and learn about career opportunities you didn’t know existed. All this new information can be disruptive to your original plans.

The most important thing is to pay attention to how you’re feeling. If you’re unmotivated by your classes, unhappy where you’re currently attending university, or worried your credentials won’t lead you to the career you want, consider what you could do to change things. There’s no need to feel like you messed up somewhere along the way!

Even if you decide to change major or transfer and won’t be able to count some credit you’ve already earned, don’t consider that you’ve wasted time. It’s ultimately better to change to a path that’s right for you than to continue just because you’ve already made some progress.

2. Seek Support

Your school has plenty of resources to help you make the right decisions about your studies and career choices. For instance, your academic adviser can explain your options for switching majors, give you ideas for how to meet your career goals, and ensure you’ll graduate with an appropriate qualification to continue to grad school. Don’t be afraid to ask all the questions you have — academic advisers have helped countless students in your situation before and will know exactly what to say to you.

You can also find support through workshops and other events on campus. For example, there may be information sessions to discuss common problems students face — which will show you how many other people are in the same boat as you.

3. Fully Explore Your Options

Rather than rushing into a decision, find out more about your options. Consider your strengths, interests, and goals to arrive at a solution that meets your needs. Look into various schools (including where you currently attend) to figure out what major or grad school programs could lead to your dream job.

If you decide to move to a different school, you’ll need to find a new place to live. This will typically mean searching for an apartment, since dorms will likely be full. For McMaster off-campus housing, there’s West Village Suites. In addition to a room in a spacious suite, you’ll be able to take advantage of great amenities, including a yoga studio, fitness facility, dedicated study spaces, and a contactless package concierge service. Living here can make changing your university plans that much easier. Book a tour now.

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