How many times did you change your major in college?So many high school graduates have no clue what they want to pursue as a career as they head off to college--and that's understandable, I think....

How many times did you change your major in college?

So many high school graduates have no clue what they want to pursue as a career as they head off to college--and that's understandable, I think. Most of them, I've found, feel pressure to commit to something, on paper anyway, so they list something rather than accept the dreaded "undecided" label. At 15 I knew what I wanted to do and never wavered; however, I suspect that's not the case for most people.  So, here's my question:  How many times did you change your major while in college and what prompted the change(s)?

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I always played school in the basement as a child, but I just didn't think that was for me when I went to school, so I declared Journalism instead.  I was clearly lying to myself and came to my senses after sophomore year and majored in English like I should have from the beginning!  I have been teaching high school ever since and really love my career.

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missjenn | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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Well, I'm partially in the the boat with those of us who knew what they've always wanted to be since youth. I knew I wanted to be an English teacher, so my BA is in English. However, I for some reason, never knew minors were a huge deal and could be almost as important as your major. I started out as an arts and Spanish major. I then realized the program my school offered for the education major took care of 4 class I would have to take for my MA. I dropped the art minor and went into the education minor. My last semester came and I was at a crossroads: take the final course to complete my minor in education or the class to complete my Spanish minor. They were offered at the same time. There was no way around it. I went down the path of education. I don't regret it, but I do get a little upset thinking I was only one class away from another minor.

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marbar57 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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I never changed my major in college!  I knew exactly what I wanted, where I was going, and what I untimately hoped to achieve.  Upon graduation with my AAS Degree in Business Management/Accounting, I went directly to work in my chosen profession and never looked back!  It served me well for about twenty-five years.

For the last five years, however, I've switched over to elementary education and totally love it!  It's like it was always there for me, just lurking in the shadows; it's my true calling and I don't know why I didn't see it before now. 

Sometimes you can train for something and it serves its purpose for a time, but eventually you end up where you're supposed to be. 

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ktmagalia | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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I changed it once.  I started college at eighteen and a little naive as to the working world.  I chose to major in Business, not sure why, in fact I don't think I really even knew what it entailed.  It wasn't until the onset of my junior year that I came to an epiphany that I had only take a couple of business classes because they bored me out of my mind.  After taking a look at my transcript, realizing that I was totally into foreign languages and literature, I decided to get into teaching. And a new teacher was born!

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I changed it twice.  Once from biology to English at the University of Florida when a chemistry professor whose class I was having a bit of trouble in told me that in order to get a better grade in his class I would have to "wear shorter skirts and sit in the front row"...nice.  So, I changed my major to English which had always come to me fairly easily.

Then, once I realized that a pure English major might not help me as far as a lucrative career, I changed to English Language Arts Education and received my BS degree from the University of Central Florida.  Ha!  I went on to earn my MA in Literature at Murray State University and have found a career in teaching to be highly inspiring.  My job is never dull, never the same, and I truly enjoy working with young people.  They keep me young...so, I guess in a way, I should thank that stodgy old chemistry professor for making a highly inappropriate comment and pushing me into a career where I can help people become better people.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Just once, from political science to history.  I know, big move.  Wanted it to be easier to find an education job someday, and then if I still wanted to enter politics or the foreign service I could.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Always a logophile and a bibliophile, I pursued a major in English, but was forced to declare a minor when transferring from a liberal arts college to a university.  Ironically, this declaration of a minor in French which was later elevated to a double major was what secured a teaching position for me as the high school needed two teachers, but could only afford one.  Having two subjects to teach was enjoyable as I could have two personalities!

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I am like some others in that I never changed my major, however I must admit I was tempted at times to change to Drama. However, I think I was very clear about what I wanted to do and the subject I was most passionate about, and studying it only really confirmed that I was on the right path at that time. However, I have gone on to study other majors after that.

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martinjmurphy | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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I never changed my major in college, but I did not declare a major until the university forced me to.  I majored in PoliticalScience simply because it interested me.  Of course, when I did declare this major everyone, especially my parents, asked me what I was going to do with it and my answer was always that I wasn't sure.  I ended up receiving a teaching credential two years after receiving my B.A. in Political Science and have been teaching for the last 26 years.

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I changed majors, and then changed careers much later. I started out as a Russian major and completely changed gears into Animal Science. I worked in various ypes of research, and did a couple of years in a bio master's program before taking 10 years off when I had kids. I then went back to school in education, intending to be a high school bio teacher, and got side-tracked into special ed; taught for 4 years at the elementary level, and am now teaching special ed in high school, emphasizing science and math. I also took the bio praxis, so have that certification as well. I think I am finally where I need to be!

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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I went from a music major (with a music scholarship) to a journalism major to an Engish major before finally settling on Language Arts Education at the University of Florida. I also dabbled in theatre as well, so I guess it's no wonder it took me six years to finally graduate.

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dastice | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

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I changed my major from Psychology to Sociology.  I still minored in Psych, and also in Women's Studies.  My only drive in changing majors was that I enjoyed the classes more.  I figured if I stuck with what I enjoyed then a career would somehow emerge from it once I got my degree.  Knowing what I know now, however, I probably would have majored in something like business or law.  After graduating with my degree I ended up working jobs that didn't even require a college education...experience was far more valuable, I was told.  I stumbled into teaching only because my district desperately needed teachers and provided an alternative route to licensure program for people who did have their bachelor's degrees in other fields.

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I actually never changed my major.  I declared elementary ed. immediately and stuck with it.  I thought I wanted to minor in math, but before I even took a single math class, I ended up switching to English.

Aside from student teaching and a long term sub position in 5th grade immediately following graduation, I've actually NEVER taught elementary school.  I went ahead and took the Texas exam to get certified k-12 and I've only taught high school since.  Sometimes I wish I had just done secondary education.  Sadly, I don't actually think any of my education classes in college affected the way I teach - experience has really been the best class I've had.

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