College is hard work. You have three or four years of slog to look forward to, with endless assignments, exams, and all-nighters spent studying. Some students sail through the experience, but others struggle to cope. Unfortunately, studying a subject you feel uncomfortable with only serves to make matters worse.
Choosing the Right College Course
Plenty of students are railroaded into signing up for a major they hate. Peer pressure, parental pressure, and even poor advice from a career advisor can lead to bad choices when choosing a college course. The problem is that if you end up studying for a degree you don't feel passionate about, you are unlikely to put in the required amount of effort needed to secure a top grade. This is a waste of your time and that of your tutors, not to mention a huge waste of money.
Listen to Your Inner Voice
Rather than signing up for a course just because your parents think it's a great idea or because your boyfriend already has a place, listen to your inner voice. This is your education and you have a right to study a subject that interests you. College is hard enough without sitting through lectures on a subject you find as interesting as watching paint dry. Sure, it may score you a good job in four years' time, but how likely are you to achieve a top grade if you can hardly bring yourself to finish assignments? Exactly, not very is the answer.
What Subjects Interest You?
Rather than setting yourself up for failure, look for a course you are actually interested in studying. For example, if you love history, a military history degree program might be perfect. You could even look at an online history or military history degree in your spare time while you work. The point I am making here is that it is your life and therefore your choice. Don't be pushed into enrolling on a college course just because your parents think it is a great idea. They are not the ones putting the hard work in.
If you are part of the way through a degree course and something isn't working for you, take stock and look at your options. Is this a temporary blip or are you really not feeling the love? If you are having problems, talk through your options with a college advisor. You could always switch do a different major if your current course is not working for you. What you shouldn't do is drop out. That is definitely not the answer.
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