do you feel you chose the wrong course in college?

@evepin (723)
Philippines
May 7, 2010 12:23am CST
I am happy and proud of what course I graduated with and from what school. It was at the time (and probably still is) the top management course, and a really hard one at that. It opened a lot of doors for a career and i secured a job immediately after graduating. However, towards the end of my college year, I suddenly felt that though my strength was on the sciences, my passion was towards the arts. When I started working, instead of wanting to take a Masters Degree in Management, I was fixated on taking an interior designer course. Now that I decided to stay at home, I'm still thinking of this route, and to eventually have a design firm of my own. I know my management skills will help in the business, but there is this nagging question on whether i chose the right course in college or not. Interior Design course is expensive, you see, and it's like I;m going to go back to college again. HAve you ever felt that you made the wrong course choice in college? Please do share your thoughts!
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34 responses
• Philippines
18 Dec 10
Currently, I feel like I chose incorrectly but not the wrong course. As you know in our country, there was a nursing school boom. When I was in high school, I didn't really have a dream job yet. I wanted to be an artist but I know there's no money in it here in the Philippines. My aunt is a nurse in the US. She and my mom influenced me to take up nursing so I can go abroad. I'm quite good at school and they told me it would be easy for me. Now that I've graduated and finished the local board exam. I face yet another exam for US licensure. It's been driving me crazy that I took up a course wherein I graduated and yet I still have to study. Even when employed, every nurse needs to take up continued education to keep their licenses. What angers me is that I was made to believe it was easy when it's actually the stark contrast in reality. I may able to accept reality more easily if I was told about it earlier on. As I mentioned earlier, I chose the incorrect course...incorrect because I really want out. I do believe that it's not the wrong course because I know I can have several opportunities in the future and I'm just not at it yet. I guess one of my qualities that make me feel this way is that I am more of a result-oriented person than process-oriented person. I'm more eager to see the results but of course, I need to go through all these before I get there. Just like you, my strength are one the sciences too but I'm more of an artist. I've been drawing since I was a kid and have been working on my craft for years, but more so these past 2 years. I would love to be an artist someday, maybe when I finally get there.
• Philippines
18 Dec 10
I'd like to add another thing...nothing can really supress the artist within. I thought I could just let it go but I realize it would never happen.
• Australia
9 May 10
i do regret of my choice on accounting major... i found that im not good at it at all and i hate it... but i missed the last chance to change it in undergraduate degree. now i have to tolerate these boring standards and try to make each transaction in order, which will drive me crazy...
• Philippines
11 May 10
i share the same sentiment with you my friend. hehe. don't worry, you're not alone.
@ElicBxn (60879)
• United States
21 Dec 10
Honestly, I wish I had gone to geology or geography, I really love that stuff. As much as I love books, I think the other direction would've held my interest.
@rhizjen (140)
• Philippines
19 Dec 10
I can say I've made a wrong choice because I'm afraid of shifting to the course that I've wanted because I'm gonna go back to zero. But now, I knew that I should take the risk before in order to be what I want to be. But I just think life must go on. I can't improve my life if i'll always regret what I did in the past. Besides, I'm still lucky coz I've finished college because there aare people who wants to go college but they are lack of finances.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
13 Dec 10
I loved the courses that I was able to take in college and for that reason I don't think that I chose the wrong major. However, when I was later in my college career I felt a calling for something other than what I thought I was going to do with my life and decided that I would spend an extra year in college so that I would be able to do something different with my life. Some might have called that a mistake, but I thought of it as a gift because it would have made me have two bachelor's degrees.
@yippih (101)
11 Dec 10
Hello evepin, i am never regret on what course that i had chosen, i am proud of my own decision for choosing that course. After my graduation, i am able to use the knowledge that i obtained from the course and make a good success. I got experience hearing someone regret on the course what he or she had chosen, but in my point of view, one should think of the way to improve himself the knowledge in particular field that one had chosen rather than regreting. There is no point for someone to regret and what had passed will never be able to changed, why don't someone use the time to learn more from that particular field. This is what i feel.
• Philippines
10 Dec 10
Well,, i guess lots of people are experiencing that kind of stuff, and i guess we too are just in same shoes... i took up this course of Computer Science,, at first it was fascinating since i learned new cool stuffs and computer tricks,,,.i was dreaming of becoming among the best programmers in the WORLD.!!!!! but right now,, i am so confused of what should i take up now,, since i've decided to give up my previous semester..it's driving me crazy!!! thinking about money,, business related course comes up to my mind!!! but i'm so thankful that you share this one!!! i just really do!!! God Bless!!
• Ireland
10 Dec 10
I have always been interested in computers and acting. I am in first year in college doing multimedia but am having my doubts, I don't think I am able for it. Maybe its a fantasy but i would love to try been an ator. I always thought I could do, something i would enjoy I fear I am in the wrong college and don't know what to do now.
• Philippines
9 May 10
when you chose your course in college you should also consider the fact that when you finish school you will have to find a job that will suit you. i am taking up bachelor of elementary education but i prefer to be a secondary teacher if given a choice. being a elementary teacher graduate in the near future i need a something fast and can have a job easily. its more difficult here in our place to get job in secondary departments compared to an elementary teacher position. i can say that i did not made the wrong choice at all.
@manbir84 (135)
• India
9 May 10
Yes I have experience of this kind of situation.It can proove very serious if you take a long time to deciding your career path.My story is that I done diploma in mechanical engg. but later I realize that I am more towards computers.But I takes to long to move on and this ruined my life for while.But when I decide to move towards my interest then I feel very satisfied.If you realized that interior is what you want then make a proper research on it and if then you want to move towards it then go ahead you will success surely.I wish good luck.Bye,take care
@alocure (372)
• United States
9 May 10
yes i to have felt that way. Its normal for people to feel the way you do.. am majoring in criminal justice/law.. but i use to have a feel for teaching and than drawing, than technology and than owning my own business. but this was the case because am very talented and i know and can do many of things and when you have a passion for it you want to do it all and you can do it all you just have to make a decision on what you want to strive for first. Than decide what if you want to get a degree in something else. you can always take an online course for the second degree or even for that matter a 2 year college. just go for what you WANT and be successful but to do that YOU have to have the passion and love for it.. GOOD LUCK! hope this helps
@trruk1 (1031)
• United States
8 May 10
I think I took a wrong turn. I decided I needed to go back to college a few years ago. I wanted to get a second bachelor's degree, this one in computer science (my first degree was pre-med). Especially, I wanted extensive training in programming. Instead, an aggressive advisor convinced me to get a master's degree in information systems management, which I now have. It has been useless in job hunting. I can't say the time and money was wasted, because I did learn a great deal, but thus far it has had little in the way of practical usefulness.
• China
8 May 10
I choose course that I dont like now! but waht's the course I will interesting in I don't know.I'm confused,I hope I can finded the answer.
• Philippines
8 May 10
The course I took in college was entirely my choice. My mother wanted me to take Commerce or any business course. But I'm just not good in Math. I thought that if ever I did what she said, I would not be able to graduate on time. Mass Communication was really my choice. I did not have any other course in mind. I also never thought of shifting to another course. I don't know but I feel that it was my calling. But now, my mom always tells me that I should have taken the courses she mentioned before. She feels that I've taken the wrong course. But I will prove to her, to my father and to my entire family that I've chosen the RIGHT course for me. Things happen for a reason and I believe that God chose me to be in this path because He has great plans for me. I really hate it every time my mom would blame me for not choosing those business courses. I've promised myself that one day, I'll be able to prove to them that every thing was God's will. If it wasn't, then I wouldn't be able to graduate on time and with honors. May God help me.
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 May 10
Hi Evepin, No regrets. I am happy that i made the right decision for choosing my course. i am successful with my chosen career.
@verabear (797)
• Philippines
8 May 10
Oh yes you bet I do, specially because I work in a field that I absolutely didn't study, and my interests fall so far away from the field of Psychology. While I was there and studying it, I loved it, it was fascinating. It was a study of life itself. I could have taken Entrepreneurship, or maybe communications, or taken a culinary course or something.
@bestylish (923)
• Philippines
8 May 10
I believe that I chose the right course. I believe that I will not regret it. I am now going to college and I've decided to take the course of Accountancy. Ever since I was in my Highschool years, I've always thought about my course for college. At first, I thought I should go for Engineering and follow my father's foot-steps but then I thought that I probably won't enjoy it. One day, I realized that Accountancy is the right course for me. I believe that it is the right choice and I will definitely not regret it.
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
8 May 10
I think I did. My major was biology cause I wanted to pursue medical education after college but when I was in college, I discovered that biology is not a very good foundation for medical school. I wish I took nursing instead. I am a teacher now I feel like my major was just a waste of time but I cant turn back time anymore.
@basqui (3890)
• Philippines
8 May 10
I took an Electronics Major course in College, but I'm employed as a computer teacher now. I excelled in my computer skills because I have my own PC at home then and being addicted on games and web surfing, I self-learned some computer applications. I think I should have studied computers much in college since I lack some skills on other applications. But I'm still using my electronics skills on appliance repair and cellphone repairs though, on my sidelines...
• Philippines
8 May 10
I'm a graduate of b.s. nursing and i still think i chose the wrong course. nursing is for caring people who dedicate their lives by serving people with their knowledge on nursing. I'm not like that. The only reason i took nursing is because of the salary i can get abroad. if get my salary in dollars, i can convert it here in my country and it will be 45 times higher! dang that's a lot. so if i have to be a nurse for higher salary then so be it.