Should You Switch Your University Course?
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Should You Switch Your University Course?

Zoe Kramer January 7, 2023

University is built up to sound like the time of your life, but sometimes things don’t go as smoothly as you hope. A lot of students discover that their course is not what they expected, not being taught in a way that they respond to, or simply not of interest to them. These feelings are perfectly normal, but they can lead to a conundrum: do you push through and finish your degree or do you cut your losses and transfer to a different course? Here are some guidelines to help you decide if you should switch your university course and land on the best decision for you.

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When Should You Finish Your Initial Course?

If you’re not enjoying your course, there are a number of options you can explore before committing to a transfer. The first step is to reach out to student support. Talking to a mentor or advisor about your situation can help make things clearer, and they are well equipped to help you access the resources your university has available. The second step is to try out a module transfer. It could be that the issues you’re having have more to do with a specific module than the course as a whole. So try out a different module or modules for a week or two and see if you still feel the same way.

It’s also worth considering what you’re hoping to get from your degree. If you’re studying the subject purely as a pathway to land you a specific job after university or set you up for another course, it may be worth holding out. Likewise, timing is important to factor into this decision. If you’re in your second year or later, it will take up less of your time and money to finish your current degree, so it may be worth pushing through to the end.

When Should You Switch Your University Course?

Sometimes, if you’ve explored the support that’s available to you and you’re still not enjoying your degree, transferring is the best option. If you’re early in your degree and already know it’s not for you, there’s no reason to waste your time in something that you don’t enjoy. If you’re like most students, you’re studying not purely as a pathway but for your own enjoyment and betterment, so it’s always best to study what you’re interested in. Not only will it be a relief to study a subject you truly enjoy or study your subject in an environment that’s better suited to you, but you’re also likely to do better when you’re enjoying yourself.

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Zoe Kramer has been writing for GRV Media’s student-centric website Freshered since October 2022 and is now also contributing to HITC. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2022 with a BA in Journalism, Media and English Literature. During her time in university, she worked for her student newspaper as well as completing an internship with a book publisher. She has also written and continues to write book and theatre reviews. She is excited to now be pursuing a career as a journalist and learning something new every day. In particular, she loves writing about student life, books, the Internet, and travel. Originally from the United States, she is enjoying living abroad in the UK.