Long time and no post! My life has been hectic lately. Here’s what’s new:

I changed my major. Well…sort of. I’m still a Microbiology major (technically), but I am no longer Pre-Med. I really started having doubts about becoming a physician my first semester of sophomore year, and it all accumulated the first week of spring semester when I just KNEW I no longer wanted to go to medical school and become a physician. So. Do I feel bad? ABSOLUTELY NOT! I actually feel very light and extremely happy. I’m enjoying everything so much more now, knowing that I’m finally going into a degree program where I know I will be more than happy in my future career.

But what am I doing now if I’m no longer Pre-Med? Well, it took a lot of time, thinking, researching, thinking, self-evaluating, thinking….but I finally decided on switching my area of study to Pre-Nursing. I am so so happy about my decision and I really think this is the right path for me.

Everyone at OU has been so supportive of me and I really thank them for that. There are a lot of kinks to work out with this new change in my academic career, but I have definitely not been going through this alone. My parents, my friends, and advisers have all been there for me through this change, and for that, I am so grateful.

To all you prospective students out there, I have one piece of advice: Never feel that you have to have a major the first time you step onto OU’s campus. No one is ever going to pressure you to study something you don’t want to study. And honestly? No one could force you to do anything anyway since you’re an adult now. So don’t come to OU and feel that you immediately have to declare yourself a Pre-Med student or Pre-Law or Pre-Pharm. Unless you’re absolutely, 100 percent positive that this is what you really want to do.

My point is, there is so much at OU for you to explore. So many different paths, different organizations, different people with different dreams…there’s so much here for you to absorb and to honestly get the full college experience, you really have to go out there and talk to people and get to know more. And once you know more, only then can you really determine what you want to do with your life. College is a time to spiritually mature and grow. Don’t let the opportunities go to waste!


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2 Responses to “Changing majors…it’s a life lesson.”

  1. Callie on February 18th, 2011 2:27 pm

    Hi! I am down to my final top three college choices for this fall and OU is one of them. So a couple of questions.
    1.Does switching major add another year at the university?
    2.How easy is the process of changing majors?
    3. I would like to be a nurse and the only thing that is really stopping me from coming to OU is their nursing program. It seems hard/very competitive to get into and their program didn’t seem all that stellar. Could you tell me what you like about it and why you choose it?

  2. Minh on February 20th, 2011 4:54 pm

    Hey there Callie! I’m really glad OU is one of your top choices. It’s a great school, I’m sure you’ll make the right decision on where to pursue your college degree!

    Here are my answers to your questions.

    1. Switching majors does not necessarily mean adding another year on to your college career. It honestly depends on where you are in your coursework. I’ve had friends switch their majors two times and they’re still on the right track to graduating on time.
    2. Changing majors is so easy and even encouraged, in some cases. Like I said in my post, I really recommend incoming freshman have an undecided major so that they can really experience all that’s out there for them. But for students who come into college with a set major in mind and then feel that a different major is calling out to them, they can EASILY change their degree coursework to whatever meets their new goals. The advisors at OU are stupendous and will ALWAYS be there to help you out if you feel the need to explore new majors or change majors.
    3. Nursing is a GREAT profession to be in and a really worthwhile career full of rewards! It’s great to know I’m talking to a future RN. =] I can assure you the OU Nursing Program is wonderful. I’ve been up to OU-HSC and have talked to actual OU nurses and OU nursing students and they seem incredibly happy and love it. The program is going to be what YOU make of it. I can talk all day about the program, really. This comment would go on for pages! If you have any more questions about the Nursing program, please please email me at minh.t.nguyen-1@ou.edu and I’ll be more than happy to write you with more information there. If you’re worried about the competitiveness of the program, the OU Nursing program actually has a special partnership with the OU Honors College that I think would really interest you. Let me know if you need more info! =]]

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