You’re almost at the finish line. You’ve made it through that somewhat scary freshman year, the potential sophomore slump, junior year, and your student is now top of the heap – a senior! It’s time for celebration and planning for Commencement.
But then it happens. Your student decides that she hates her major. She’s devastated. You’re devastated. You’re both at least a little scared. Perhaps it’s the courses she’s now taking that sealed the deal. Or perhaps she had an internship or opportunity to get out in the field and she hated the experience. She’s upset, depressed and at a loss. And so are you. What now?
It’s a very difficult situation and it’s natural to be upset. Discovering late in the college experience that your major doesn’t seem right can feel overwhelming. And, as is often the case, it’s almost harder as a parent to watch your student be so unhappy. But the situation is not unique. Many students have second, and third, and fourth, thoughts about major and career – even in their senior year.