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Differential relationships

Melanie bent down to slip her pink ballet flat back on to her foot. This was the fourth time today it slipped off, but she hardly paid it any mind; nothing that happened today could bring her down. Tonight was the first formal for the sorority she was rushing, and she was going to turn heads. She had spent hours at the mall the previous weekend trying to find the perfect dress to show off to her future sisters.

She ached for approval, and longed to receive it this evening under the soft lights of the ball-themed formal.

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Photo By: Danielle Johnson. Students: Ashley Willard and Timothy Simmons

“What did you say? Sorry, I missed it,” Melanie interrupted, sunlight blinding her as she looked up to Brandon. She rose to her feet, shoe and sense of self secured.

Brandon frowned. He knew the maintenance of their friendship would be difficult during their sophomore year. With Melanie joining her sorority and Brandon striving to keep up in his engineering classes, they were rarely in the same place at the same time. Although Melanie seemed ecstatic to be living out her college fantasies, Brandon couldn’t be more miserable.

He had known since his first general engineering class he wasn’t cut out to be an engineer. If his differential equations class didn’t prove to be the crux of his misery, it would be linear algebra.

“Why don’t you just change majors?” Melanie had asked. He had come to her, sobbing, after he received the grade for his first test. She didn’t understand why it was such a big deal. If he wasn’t content with engineering, he should try something else.

He had bared his soul to her, and she had answered as flippantly as if he had asked which shirt to wear.

Change your major, change your life

When I left high school, I was pretty sure about what I wanted. I entered RU with my wonderful boyfriend of two years on my arm and a passion for Psychology. I was positive that I wanted to continue on to grad school, get my Ph.D, and go through my life practicing psychology in a therapy setting.

A lot has changed since then. I’m still with that boyfriend, and he’s still wonderful; but nothing else has stayed the same. After a year of working with Whim, I’ve decided that I want to work in media. I love chasing stories and beating deadlines- it makes me feel alive and happy. I’ve done so much debating about this, but I finally made an important decision. I’m ready to change my major.

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“My fiery passion for psychology burned and then fizzled. I still like reading about psychology, but I don’t feel anywhere as excited about it as I used to.” Photo by: Sydney Crawson

As you can imagine, the feeling of uncertainty about my future was weighing heavy on me for a while. My fiery passion for psychology burned and then fizzled. I still like reading about psychology, but I don’t feel anywhere as excited about it as I used to. At first, I thought that this was just normal. I figured that once I took a class whose content I was most interested in, my flame would be reignited. Try as I might, though, it never was.

Throughout my life, I’ve always held a love for English deep in my heart. During much of my childhood, I didn’t find friends in the children at school. My best friends were my parents and the friends I found in the pages of my favorite books. I visited these friends every day during recess, and every night before I went to sleep. No matter what was going on in my life, these friends could always cheer me up.

During my first year at RU, I took a few English classes for fun. Out of all the classes I’ve taken, these were easily my favorite. I never found it hard to pay attention, and I actually wanted to write my papers. A flame that I had momentarily forgotten existed grew and grew. I felt happy again. Life made sense. This is where I was meant to be, and what I was meant to study.

Never be afraid of change- its inevitable. Sometimes you need to try new things in order to know for sure where you are supposed to be in life. Remember- you’re in college to decide what you’re going to do in YOUR future, not anyone else’s. It may seem selfish, but often you must hold your happiness above the happiness of others or you’ll end up miserable.

Highlanders Anonymous: Leaving RU and switching majors

“Leaving Radford is my biggest fear. I’m not graduating or anything, I’m just going home for the summer and I’m dreading it more than anything. I have no friends back home, plus the guy I like is staying here and there’s no telling what he is going to be doing while I’m gone. I don’t want to leave Radford, but I clearly don’t have a choice since I live in the dorms. How can I make myself not hate being home as much? Continue reading Highlanders Anonymous: Leaving RU and switching majors