By Parker Biggs
Andrew Miller is a junior at the University of Oklahoma. Andrew hails from the state of Oklahoma, like many other students. Also like other students, he has experienced the difficulties of changing majors- twice. He sat down with me to discuss this.
Can you give some background on yourself?
I grew up in Tulsa my whole life with both of my parents and an older sister. I am a Jenks “lifer”, where I played baseball and basketball throughout youth sports, before transitioning to baseball only during high school. I love watching and playing sports and spending time with friends and family
How did you end up coming to OU?
Once I realized I didn’t want to play baseball in college, I wanted to come to OU because I’ve been a die hard fan my whole life and I didn’t think there was any better place to go.
What are you majoring in?
I’m currently majoring in sports management, but recently I changed from advertising, due to a change in heart. I realized going into junior year that advertising wasn’t something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I was originally a general business major when I first came to OU.
Has it been difficult switching majors several times?
It’s been difficult, but this is one of the hardest and most important decisions of someone’s life and making sure you make the right choice is the most important thing. Even though it’s going to set me back, it will definitely pay off in the long run.
Looking back on it, would you have rather have had one major the whole time?
Yeah. Obviously, figuring out your major at first would be the easiest thing. But part of college is figuring out what you like and dislike and figuring out who you are. Switching majors has helped me find what I truly love.
In what ways have the major changes impacted your academic career?
Switching from advertising to a business major has caused me to take several freshman/sophomore classes that I now need for my major. This is kind of tough because I don’t have as many friends to study or do homework with.
Do you have any advice for younger students who switch majors?
Whatever your major is, make sure that you 100% enjoy it. Be able to know that this is something that you want to do for the rest of your life. Keep on searching until you find the major that you are truly passionate for. Switching majors isn’t going to kill you.
Earlier you mentioned that the major switch would set you back. In what ways do you mean?
It could push my graduation back. I may end up graduating in December 2019, rather than in May. An extra football season in Norman isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though.
Are you confident that this will be the major that you graduate with?
Hopefully so (laughing). I feel very happy as a sports management major. So unless something crazy happens, I will graduate as a sports management major. But I guess anything can happen.