Thursday, February 27, 2014

Where Am I Going?


      I am so up in the air about college right now, I should own my own airline. Originally I thought about studying for a semester in Hawaii as part of a student exchange program, but after realizing I'd be over there with no car, no kitty, and an unsure living situation upon returning to UNH, I changed my mind.
       Now I'm thinking about transferring schools all together. I love UNH...but I don't love walking through snow and slush to get to my classes. While snow is nice for the holidays, I don't enjoy it's presence from November to April. Sorry not sorry.
       Next, Psychology is my passion and has always been/always will be. I know what I want to do with my life, and it involves Psychology. I also love Criminology, but UNH doesn't offer it as a degree program. This isn't a huge deal, and to make up for it my second major is Justice studies, and my minor is sociology. I don't particularly love either of those fields, but they both encompass a bit of criminology so I stick it out. It would be much easier if I could just dual major in Psychology and Criminology, which I know is an option at some other Universities.
         Lastly, I want to go to grad school somewhere between Massachusetts and North Carolina. It would be nice to experience living a little farther from home now, while I can easily transfer back to UNH. Grad school is a whole other world, and I don't think it will be as easy to just change my mind and go somewhere else if I don't like my location.
      Any thoughts? I'm currently thinking about going to school in North Carolina, but I'd be happy anywhere above it on the east coast. Has anyone else transferred for their junior year of college? Thought's and opinions are greatly appreciated!

6 comments:

  1. I ended up switching schools and my major about one and half years into my studies. I'm graduating this year and from my experience, I'm so glad I did. I enjoy my new school much better than my old school and I feel like this weight was lifted when I switched my majors because I felt so unsure and discontent with my marketing major. I'm now doing HR.

    Education is so important and expensive, if you're no longer feeling dedicated towards what you're studying (and it's not a slump or phase in your academic career), I highly suggest switching into something you want ASAP. Nothing is more sad and regretful than graduating with a degree you're not longer dedicated to. I've heard stories from older friends spending 4-5 years doing an engineering degree and just one semester away from graduating, they regret it but couldn't switch out or start a new degree anymore.

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    1. Good point. I'm primarily a psych major, and I always will be and I want to work in the psych field, I just with UNH offered criminology so that could be my other major. Thanks for your input!

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  2. Woah. You are definitely unsure about a lot of things, but that's not a bad thing at all. Honestly, I feel like you should go for whatever you want to do. How many times in your life will you have the opportunity to completely move somewhere just because you want to? I mean, you're single and you have so much life ahead of you. This is the time in your life when you're supposed to be selfish. I know plenty of people who changed schools their junior year of college. Tons of people do it. My thing about college is that you get to pick it (unlike high school where you're just stuck), so if you're not happy with where you are go somewhere else! You're not a tree. (I saw quote like that on Pinterest. Can't take credit for it haha)

    As far as your major goes, I changed my major three times in college. I mean, just because you get a degree in something doesn't mean that that's what you're going to do for the rest of your life, but if you think you want to do something else, then I definitely think you should pursue it. I say follow your heart, because there isn't going to be another time in your life when you're going to be able to do stuff like this.

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    1. Hahaha I love that tree quote!! I think I'm going to probably go somewhere else. And I know I'll stay a Psych major, I just wish there was an easier route to criminology here, instead of doing sociology and justice studies. Thanks so much for the advice! :)

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  3. It's almost impossible to transfer departments in graduate school, let alone universities. If criminology is really your thing, go for it! You're 19. You're young and you've got time to figure everything out. Don't rush your decision and do your research, but I think whatever you decide, you'll make the best of it!

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