Shifting to a different course

Philippines
September 15, 2012 10:11am CST
After two and a half years of being an accountancy student, I now decided to shift to a double degree. I chose economics and finance. My friends told me it is such a waste because I am near graduation and since I'll be taking a double degree, it will take longer to graduate. Honestly, I don't get why others are in such a hurry to graduate. It might take me 3 to 4 years from now to graduate from shifting but I don't really mind! I will mind it if I get any failures. Thankfully I've got none and hopefully will never have one. I am kind of grade conscious sometimes. Sometimes I feel shy telling others when we suddenly get to the subject. Some of my friends are near their graduation and these kind of topics are common when we see each other. I don't feel envious of them. They are already on their thesis and I'm here... as if I'm back to freshman. At first I didn't thought about it much because I don't really care if I graduate a bit later. As long as I have decent grades and learned a lot, I'm willing to take it slow. My parents are also very supportive of me. I'm very thankful to have such understanding parents. I just don't know why other people are in such a hurry to graduate. Probably to be able to work as soon as possible. What do you fellow mylotters think about this?
6 responses
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
16 Sep 12
Most people are in a hurry to graduate because they want to put school behind them and get on with their lives - so they think. Not everyone is scholarly, and not everything puts much thought into their college careers and what will happen in their lives beyond school. You have obviously given it thought and decided to increase your options. It doesn't matter that it may take you longer to graduate, though you should discuss that with an academic adviser. 3 to 4 years more seems like a long time to me.
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• Philippines
16 Sep 12
I also think that three to four years is quite long. But looking back, it feels as if it was so fast that I am now on my third year. Also, I am not really in a hurry to graduate.
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
17 Sep 12
I agree you don't need be in a hurry to graduate, but potential employers will look at how long it took and may affect their decision to hire you. Basic courses for both degrees should be similar; I don't understand why it would take an additional 3 or more years.
• Philippines
19 Sep 12
It will take three or four more years since there are subjects prerequisite to the other subjects. And all the majors I took will not be credited.
@kokomo (1868)
• Philippines
16 Sep 12
For me, that came from a simple family,taking a 4 years degree course is enough already, for I have a lot of brothers to help also. I am the eldest among them and i take the responsibility to help my parents to send them to school. Learning is everywhere and not just in school.
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• Philippines
16 Sep 12
Thank you for your response kokomo. It's tough being the eldest because of certain responsibilities. I agree with you that learning is everywhere. As for me, right now, I'm trying to learn from different ways be it in or out of the school.
@GemmaR (8527)
15 Sep 12
I think that you have made a very wise choice, because if you don't think that you would want to work in the field that you were studying in then there wasn't really all that much point in finishing the degree. My friend took a similar decision earlier on this year, and she is a lot happier now that she is doing a course that she likes rather than just one that she felt stuck doing. You have to think about your life in the short term, and not just thinking about what would be best for you in the next year or so. You have made the right choice, and I am sure that this will become clear to you in the near future.
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• Philippines
15 Sep 12
Thank you GemmaR! I also think that I did the right thing. I wouldn't want to have any regrets in the future.
@blinjk (613)
• Philippines
16 Sep 12
It is not a waste of time to study anything you want.It is your choice.Some students in a hurry to graduate because they would like to help their parents and have their own money.Well,if I have been given a chance.I would like to also have a double course when I am in college.
• Philippines
19 Sep 12
I think so too. I mean... there are people out there who still keeps on studying even after earning a degree or two. ALso, when people work... they still have to study.
@asliah (11149)
• Philippines
8 Jan 13
hi, when i was in college the course that i want was a computer science but because there were many students wanted that course its early to closed because it reached the quota,so i went to the computer education which related to computer science,when i was in second year of the year i wanted to shift course where i really liked but i stayed because of my classmates and my parents too.
@amoyube1980 (2233)
• Somalia
19 Sep 12
I am glad for you for following your heart. I always think that it is not how fast you ger to your destination that matters but how you got there. Unfortunately not all of us have the priviledge like you have. Some have parents who can't afford to keep providing for their children's university degree so they have to finish the earliest possible time. Some are pressured to finish early or on time due to their families expectation. And some are I guess just excited to experience life out of the school room as soon as they can. Anyway, if shifting to another course makes you feel like you are following your hearts desire and there is no need for you to finish asap, like responsibility to help your family, etc, then I see no problem at all in staying longer. In fact you have to cherish that moment as well as you can because you won't have it anymore once you get out to join the work force.