change your major

I spent five years in university, and while some people may think that extending my degree by what ended up being a year seems ridiculous, it was absolutely the best decision I’ve ever made.

Being a new high school graduate was terrifying, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my life. At that point, all I knew was that I wanted a degree that would land me a job post-graduation and that I was good at math. So I found myself in the faculty of engineering.

I honestly have never had a more miserable time in my life. I was completely unhappy, in more than one aspect, but the main driver was that I was in a program that I really did not enjoy. My first semester didn’t go as planned, which only left me more upset.

I remember sitting in my room, dejected, and not sure what to do.

I found myself after one semester of university unable to figure out what I actually wanted, so I switched faculties, into Science. While I didn’t end up with a Science degree either (I graduated with a business degree this past April) I learned several invaluable lessons during that time.

The first being that if you don’t like something you need to change it. You control what happens in your life and if something isn’t going the way you want it to, and you are miserable, then you need to do something to change your situation.

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The second lesson is that knowing what you don’t want is just as important as knowing what you do want. Graduating with a business degree and entering the workforce as an accountant I know that I will never wonder if I want to be an engineer or a doctor.

At the time switching faculties felt like I was failing at something, but in fact it ended up being the most valuable lesson I’ve learned this far in my life… and it allowed me to meet my hubby-to-be.

So if you’re ever at a point where you are unhappy with the direction your life is going, take a step back and change something. It may not be the right change, but it may lead you to the path you are supposed to be on.