Hello! Thank you for reading this- I am a current junior at UGA who just transferred from Oxford College of Emory. At Oxford/Emory I was planning to be a neuroscience and behavioral biology major, and at UGA I have declared my major as psychology with a neuroscience emphasis (UGA doesn’t have a specific neuroscience major). I was originally drawn to this because I am interested in behavior change and have adored podcasts such as Hidden Brain and other psychology/social science material. However, ever since the beginning of quarantine, having had time to think, I’ve been contemplating changing my major, and now that I am back in psychology courses I am considering this even more. My reasoning behind this is as follows:
- I am honestly extremely bored in the psychology major. My GPA is a 4.0 and I have always been a great student. However, I feel that psychology isn’t challenging my brain in the ways that it likes to be challenged. In addition, in my psyc/neuroscience courses I often find myself asking why we’re even studying something, as it seems unnecessary. I believe in psychology as a field and respect psychologists, but I personally just don’t seem to feel a strong attachment to the material and in particular to psychological research.
- I despise labs, writing research papers, and reading scientific papers and thus am afraid that a career as a neuroscience researcher is not for me. In addition, I am not interested in medical school as I have decided that, for me personally, it would not be worth the sacrifice and that I would just be doing it for the clear path/relative stability.
- I am concerned that, if I don’t pursue graduate school in psychology or neuroscience and don’t pursue medical school, my psychology degree will not help me get anywhere and I will have to go back to school or settle for a mediocre career.
- I am interested in pursuing a major/course of study that allows me to be more creative and/or work in the arts in some way.
I am now in my second full week of school, so I have to stick with my classes for this semester, but should I continue with this major after this and just graduate or try to switch? To be clear, I am not even sure what I would switch to right now- I just know that I can’t stay in psychology if there is any way out. My parents have agreed that I can stay on a fifth year at UGA if necessary due to it being so much cheaper than Emory. Thank you, and I look forward to reading your thoughts/advice.