Why do students shift courses?

@bjcyrix (6854)
Philippines
July 13, 2008 2:25am CST
When you were in college, did you ever feel that you enrolled in the wrong course? If so, did you shift courses or did you just stick it out especially when you're in the middle of your college life (2nd - 3rd year level)? What made you shift? Is it because there is more opportunity in other courses? You got bored with the curriculum? You're parents forced you to take this course but you decided to follow your own? What makes students shift their courses? Thanks!^_^
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@ratyz5 (7836)
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
I was among those who realized how uncertain we were with what we were really doing or headed during the middle of our college life. Though many of us did shift courses during those times, I prefered to just stick it out. I simply had no idea where else to go and the only thing that kept me was my interest which was closely related to the course I took so I really didn't shift to other courses that also goes along the other interests that I have. The econimic politics of a given society does imply which courses grant more oppurtunity. The curriculum can only be boring if the ones who are teaching the subjects in such curriculums are not enthusiastic to teach during classes, or at least, not creative to catch the student's interest. Parents also do influence an up coming college freshman's choice on a course. Their dreams for their children more or less contradict's with their own child's dreams for themselves. But depth of gratitude as well as the reality that the parents are the ones who would be providing the finance on getting the child into college makes choices difficult. What makes students shift to other courses? Strong realizing urge to pursue another calling, indirect and subtle coercion from surrounding influences, uncertainty with current situation, among others..
@bjcyrix (6854)
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
Surprised you even responded to this discussion.LOL! Agree on the teacher/curriculum comment. Im actually experiencing that right now. Am feeling bored with college life altogether. Not sure if its the teachers, the curriculum, or maybe its just me. Thanks for responding anyways.^_^
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@ratyz5 (7836)
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
I'm a nuisance, I can't help it..
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@bjcyrix (6854)
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
its ok..your a pleasant nuisance yourself.
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@jshekhar (1563)
• India
9 Mar 09
I have never felt that I got enrolled in the wrong course, as I always wanted to be an engineer, right from the time I was a 10 year old kid. And, by God's grace, I would become an engineer in 3 months from now. I know many people who have felt that they got into the wrong course. They have been my classmates at various stages of school and one of them is worth mentioning. There was this kid in my 11th grade, who got into science due to pressure from his parents. He scored miserably in the first term papers and then he had to change his stream to Humanities, where he topped in the next tests. Here in India, a lot of parents force their children into engineering or Medical stream and that hampers the child later.
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@bjcyrix (6854)
• Philippines
7 Nov 09
Wow, you must be one of the most determined and goal oriented people I have ever heard of. You knew what you really wanted to be growing up and other factors didnt stop you from pursuing it. If only more people are like that. Thanks for the response.
• Philippines
12 Feb 09
i shifted to another course because i feel in my heart that it is not my field.and also with the influenced of my precious friend.yup is it really hard at first but now im totally very happy in my chosen career.i take up bachelor of science in chemistry in my 1st courses then shift to BS Statistics.i do love numbers so much and also the chemical element.thanks for this page coz im doing my thesis which is actually shifting of courses and this actually helps.....thanks
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@bjcyrix (6854)
• Philippines
7 Nov 09
I do hope that this post of mine has helped you in some ways.^_^ It trust that you have finished that thesis and done an excellent job. You're kinda lucky because both of the courses that you've tried are topics that you said you really love. So its not really a shift in interest but a shift on which topic will you take more seriously. Serious enough to make it into your profession. Goodluck and thanks for responding.^_^
• Philippines
28 Jan 09
Sometimes, it's totally because they don't like the course they got into. It makes perfect sense. Some parents get pushy about what they want their kids to be. Like it's still their own life to live, and that's one heck of a ginormous mistake. Know what I mean? I, however, can't just shift anymore. Shifting means more tuition, meaning more cash to spend. But if I had it my way, I'd be taking an arts-related course.
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@bjcyrix (6854)
• Philippines
31 Jan 09
Its kinda realizing too late what you really wanted to take right? About the parents, yeah agree with you on that and I do know that you mean. Oh, choices are indeed limited when resources are scarce I do hope you get to at least make use of what you wanted to be and turn it into a hobby that would seem like you get to work and play/enjoying your art at the same time. I wish you goodluck with that. Thanks for responding.
• Philippines
27 Jan 09
Hello. do you still have the copy of your report? well i also have to submit a report about shifting courses ehehehhe. Can i have yours? ehehehehe
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@bjcyrix (6854)
• Philippines
31 Jan 09
hi dude, welcome to myLot. I do still have a copy of my report but its in Powerpoint Format. Well, I think this discussion will help you a bit cause most of my report content came from the responses here and the opinion of a friend who's in teaching. And,..I know you already know I wont give you my report:p Nice try though, hehehe
• Philippines
25 Jul 08
There are certain reasons why students shift on other courses. 1. The course that they enrolled was their parents choice and realized that they can't make it anymore. 2. They were lured by their friends. 3. They can see more opportunity in the other courses that's why they want to shift. these are some of the reasons why students shift to other courses.
@bjcyrix (6854)
• Philippines
25 Jul 08
You've pretty much summed everything up and those three were actually the ones that I used. Thanks for the response.
@ibcandy2 (40)
• United States
14 Jul 08
Oh my goodness I changed my major so many times while I was in school that it was sickning! I started off as a mechanical engineer major, then went to chemical engineering, then biomedical engineering and finally graduated with a healthcare management bachelors degree and I am still not happy! I am actually going back to school now for my bachelors in information technology. Why you may ask? Well, you never really know what you want to do until you get into those core classes. I like doing things hands on and I thought that engineering would provide the way for me to do that but engineers are behind the scenes solving the problems, they arent on the front lines assembling things and building things like I thought. I switched from engineering because the job outlook for engineers didnt look good so I went into the medical field since there is always a demand there but I cant be hands on there because being around people who are ill or hurt depresses me and if I see a bone sticking out of someone's leg I am going to pass out. I thought that the degree in healthcare management would be good because it is still in the medical field but it is behind the scenes but I would still encounter the same things plus, you have to know someone and have some level of experience to get your foot in the door. I never understood how you can get experience without someone providing and opportunity to get your foot in the door! Anyway, I am going back for IT because that is what I love and what I wanted to do. Those other options I explored was to pacify my parents moreso than myself plus IT gets paid!!! Anyway, dont stick with doing something that you arent interested in because this is what you are going to be doing for the rest of your life and you will be miserable for the rest of your life doing a job that you dont want because that is what you went to school for.
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@bjcyrix (6854)
• Philippines
14 Jul 08
Hi! Welcome to myLot. Wow! You've definitely had many experiences about this and Ill take your word for it. I like being hands on too. I prefer to do things mostly by myself but an activity that I would forget the time on and I would be using my hands.LOL! I prefer to stay in the background though but would love to be on the field in certain cases. Ive thought of joining the Nursing wagon here but I thought if Im going to take up medicine might as well be a doctor but Im too cowardly having the responsibility of someone's life in my hands. I can stand the site of gruesome things and blood but I really cannot stand awful smells(sensitive nose) and I shiver at the site of bones sticking out or even just obviously broken bones because of the weird angles. I would love to try and explore the brain though but I know that I will never be an Orthopedic surgeon (or somewhere related with bones). I can stand flesh wounds but not bone injuries because I believe that flesh heals but once the very framework of our bodies are damaged, its almost impossible to get back. Anyways, thanks so much for sharing your experiences and for the response!^_^
@Muelitz (1592)
• Canada
14 Jul 08
There are so many reasons why students change courses. There are those that simply can't cope up with the program (too much math). Some could not afford to continue (Medical and Dental courses are too expensive). Others may have failed to keep the minimum grade quota required to continue the course. There are also some who just had a change of heart and would like to try a different course because a new program has been offered, just got bored with the current course or even for the simple reason that someone they love is taking another course.
@bjcyrix (6854)
• Philippines
14 Jul 08
even for the simple reason that someone they love is taking another course. Really?? People do that? as in in real life? I thought those only happened in movies. I must admit that there might be one or two cases about this. Maybe you have or you know someone who did?^_^ Hadnt thought about this. I agree with the math thing, deliberately avoided it in choosing my course.LOL! Thanks for the response!^_^
• Philippines
14 Jul 08
Well, I originally signed up for Mass Communication. But since my school opened the Computer Science course, they took out the top 30 passers of the college and place them in the new program. I liked it. But, that time, I was supporting myself and I had no other money to buy books and to rent computers in a computer shop just to finish my computer programs. After a year, I decide to shift course. I looked for a course that will not waste units. I had a couple of advanced mathematics so I shifted to economics. Then, I need to get another major so I took up Political Science. I know it is quite complicated. What makes student shift courses? A lot of answers. From parents, to change in personality, to peers, to finances, to time, to what we value the most.
@bjcyrix (6854)
• Philippines
14 Jul 08
LOL! I think I know what you mean. There are definitely lots of factors and lots of different reasons why students generally shift. But its still nice to hear/read people's real life stories and opinions about it. Thanks for sharing!^_^
• Philippines
14 Jul 08
maybe because it's not as promising as it seemed before. I mean one can be disheartened when actually taking the course than before they chose it. It's ok as long as that student won't make the same mistake twice or he won't be able to finish college because of course shifting.
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@bjcyrix (6854)
• Philippines
14 Jul 08
It does, doesnt it? I mean people's interest do change over time and so this affects our decisions....I actually know someone pesonally who has been in college for 8 years, not because of studying two courses one after the other, but because of shifting every other year or something like that. He's on his second year in the most recent shift and I hope that he finally goes through with it. Thanks for the response.
@magojordan (3257)
• Philippines
14 Jul 08
First they shift because they can't handle the demands course whether it would concern the grades, the professors, or the pressure. Another reason is that they don't get fulfillment. Another issue is the possible career opportunities of a course. A good example is the classic "trendy course" a lot of people would shift into it because of a possibility of a better paying job in the future. So I think those are the main reasons why students shift courses.
@bjcyrix (6854)
• Philippines
14 Jul 08
This is actually a good summary and Ive actually thought of some of the points that you've mentioned. Its almost like Ive copied and pasted your response onto my report but good thing I submitted it first before I read this. Thanks for responding!^_^
• Philippines
14 Jul 08
Personally, I am guilty of this so called shifting of courses. I did it three times! The first shift happened because I failed to maintain a certain grade quota which has really affected me for the rest of my college life. I really love my first course, it just that I have been hospitalized because of certain sickness. The second shift is my mother' choice for me. She wanted me to become an accountant and I also like it before. But when I faced with financial difficulties, I had no choice but to change my major again to a not-so-expensive one. Then a year has passed and I feel bored with my course which pushed to take my current course. I am currently in my final year and hopefully finish my course with flying colors. Yeah, I did not pursue what I really want to take in college but through the use of modern technology like internet, I can learn what I really want to learn.
@bjcyrix (6854)
• Philippines
14 Jul 08
Hi! Welcome to myLot. You are so right about that! You're one of those who's led a colorful college life. Im glad that you found a good career path that is your own. I wish you all the luck in the world and congratulations!^_^
@khrammz (70)
• Philippines
14 Jul 08
they shift courses because they are not comportable on his/her current course
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@bjcyrix (6854)
• Philippines
14 Jul 08
right, that could be one of the reasons, thanks for your input.
@xialinye (1404)
• China
14 Jul 08
i don't know why i choose the electronics as my major.but since i select it as my major,i know i must like it,you know.it's not easy to shift courses in our college.so i have to like it.i like history,the character and the unknown consequence.i like enjoy staying in history.gradually,i found that i like my courses and it becomes more and more interesting. i hope you love your major and what you gonna do later.
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@bjcyrix (6854)
• Philippines
14 Jul 08
Hi! Its nice that you like your courses and it is indeed not easy to shift. Thanks for your response!
@jessej9 (395)
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
Hi, first of all I'll share what I experienced. When I was choosing my course for college, I asked my parents but they said that it's entirely up to me what I want to be for my course so no problems there. I enrolled in my course which has 2 Majors, after a year, I thought of shifting to another college because of a subject that got my interest because of the teacher. But thanks to further thinking, I managed to not shift to another course but only to the other Major. Now I am happy with my decision to shift majors and I'm finishing my college next March. On the topic response, I guess one big factor for students to shift is their interest in the course. I had a friend who has his mother and father let him take Dentistry because they are dentists. But after 2 years of being in Dentistry, my friend decided that he has greater interest in taking up nursing, so at his 3rd year, he shifted to nursing. Now he is happy in what his course is.
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@bjcyrix (6854)
• Philippines
14 Jul 08
Oh! well, at least you and your friend are happy with your decisions. I guess nothing beats that. We had a similar experience actually. Asked my parents about it too but they said its up to me, BUT when I said I want to take up Psychology, not because of job opportunities but it is one subject that Im truly interested in and I want to take it up for personal knowledge. My Mom was ok with it but when I told my Dad he told me in a very irritated tone (what do you want to do after college??) so I ended up taking a business related course. Im a bit interested in it but I do have obligations. So as ever go with what they say, at least I can express myself and learn more about my interests in other ways. Thanks for sharing!^_^
@anex08 (868)
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
During my colleg years, I did not even think about shifting to other course because of the time and effort that I have already spent in my chosen one. I have noticed those in my classmates wherein they are not really sure weather to shift or not to. Some other have shift to 3 different courses until she finally decided to stick to the one she knows she can handle. I think that is a waste of time because college life serves as our stepping stone for each career so every student should decide what particular course they have to take in order to save time, effort and ofcourse money..But there are just reasons may we not know why is'nt so I think the decision still lies on the students itself.
@bjcyrix (6854)
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
Yes, I think so too but I guess we really cannot dictate where our hearts lie. At the least bit we should be interested in our present courses somehow so we can go through with it. Otherwise, it would be definitely recommended to shift. Thanks for your response.
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
this is a nice post. When I was in college, I did shift gears from organizational communication to journalism. I felt like my previous course was all about theories and the latter was the real thing. real life. besides, journalism gave me a lo of experiences and i became more confident. curriculum is very important when choosing the course. my previous course was not as flexible.
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@bjcyrix (6854)
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
Thank you! Well I did think of trying out Journalism because like you said its real life but I opted not to because of familial duty and I was afraid that in searching for the biggest story of my career, I became the story..sort of like Ces Drilon. Anyways, thanks so much for responding!^_^
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
i did shift too, its because maybe we are young when our friends shift we shift too we become easily tired of one course but for me i shifted for practicality reasons, i dont regret it, atleast i only shifted once, some dont because of so much shifting
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@bjcyrix (6854)
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
Yeah I guess so, at least you found where you wanted to be. Thanks for the response.
@amzwafa (31)
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
yeah,4 times.The first one is computer secretarial,it was my brothers idea because when I graduated in high school I have no idea what course should I take, the 2nd is education,it was my moms idea because according to her it would be easy for me to have a job afterward because my aunt is a principal in our province.It took me 2 years in education,in there i found my close friend,my best buddy which made education easier for me.She`s the one who help me doing my lesson plan which i find very hard to do,because i`m kinda lazy when it comes in researching.In my 3rd year in education my friend changed its course from education to commerce that is why the following semester I shifted into commerce,but sadly I got pregnant so i don`t have the chance to finish it.After i gave birth,I resume in studying but not in commerce,i shifted to accountancy because if given the chance to graduate in accounting and pass the board exam,it won`t be hard for me to find a job and i can be as competitive to those single job applicant because we know most of the companies prefer to hire single applicant than married.Now i`m on my 3rd year in accountancy.Pray for me & wish me luck:)
@bjcyrix (6854)
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
Wow! You've lived a very colorful college life. So there were lots of factors that convinced you to shift. At least your almost finished and I wish you all the luck in the world! Congratulations with you baby! Thanks for sharing your experience.^_^
• China
5 Aug 08
If you don't satisfied with your major,and it's hard to shift it.Maybe you can try your best to study something you interested in.TO pass the exam of postgraduates.You can choose a major you like to get a postgraduates degree.It can offer you more opportunities.
@bjcyrix (6854)
• Philippines
5 Aug 08
Hi! Welcome to myLot. Im not really intending to shift. I just needed other peoples opinion on what reasons they know or think people shift. It was for my project. Thanks for the tips though. Hopefully some users who are very indecisive with their courses can read your post and think twice. Thanks for the response.