Interview: Choosing Your University Course – And What If You Don’t Like The Course You Choose?
This article has been written by Lydia McClelland, a VCE French, Music Theory, Literature & VCE English Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Lydia then please check out her page here.
Jenna is 21, currently a third year, studying a Bachelor of Commerce at Monash University. However, not long ago, she was enrolled in a double degree – a Bachelor of Arts/Music. I interviewed her about how she managed to transition between university courses and navigate this tricky time.
What influenced your decision about what course you wanted to do after high school?
I initially chose a Bachelor of Arts/Music. After playing an instrument for a long time, I kind of wanted to turn my passion into something more, like a potential career path. As for Arts, it had such a diverse range of areas of study, leaving my choices open.
When did you know you wanted to change courses?
At the back of my mind I always knew at least the Arts part of my degree wasn’t going to be a feasible career path (at least for me), because it just didn’t completely align with my interests. And I guess I always knew that I wanted to do commerce, because you can apply a lot of what you learn to real-life situations.
What was the process like for transferring between courses? Was it difficult?
The application required a lot of steps. You needed to tell them why you wanted to change – I guess the general application wasn’t too hard, but the reflection part was a bit more challenging. Also, you generally need to get a weighted average mark above 75 to transfer to a double degree, and 70 for a single degree, so it’s worth keeping that in mind if you want to change.
Do you have any regrets?
I guess changing to a single degree was a bit sad because I had to let go of music, and all the people there were really great, and gave a lot of support. But other than that, I’m glad I made the choices I did; I have no regrets.
Any advice for people as they choose what they want to study?
Judging on my friends’ experiences, choose a degree you know you’re going to be interested in, and not for the sake of others, like family and friends. In that way, you need to be selfish with your studies.
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