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• 08/04/2020 at 11:20PM

What if I decide to switch my major

I have been brainstorming common app prompts and started writing a snippet about what inspired me to love animals and want to possibly pursue a career as a vet. How good my topic is isn’t really what I’m concerned about.

I am concerned that if I write about wanting to be a vet and get into whatever school that it would be weird if I decided to switch a major. I have a passion for animals but If I decided I wanted to pursue a career as a medical examiner would that be weird and unprofessional to colleges? Thank you

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• 08/05/2020 at 01:29AM

So first of all Why is the main essay a why this major one? It should be personal insight and show who you are as a person. (Can talk about a sutation with animals but shouldn’t be about desire to be a vet.

In regards to the actual question it doesn’t seem wierd if I remember correctly the stats show about 70% of people switch majors before enrolling in college. If you do that is totally okay to switch majors just make sure the school permits it as quite a few have special procedures to switch majors. Cal St Poly has restrictions among others

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@maplecreamcookies
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08/05/2020 at 12:51PM

@DebaterMAX is right - the Common App essay can be about your love of animals, and can mention that you want to be a vet, but it doesn't need to focus too heavily on your career goals, as you'll likely need to write a "Why This Major" essay for some of your schools (you don't want overlap). Take a look at your essay prompts and plan your topics accordingly as a portfolio.

@maplecreamcookies
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08/05/2020 at 12:52PM

And it's absolutely not weird to change majors - tons of people do it in college! As @DebaterMAX also said, just make sure your school doesn't make it too difficult. If you apply to a specific undergraduate school/college within a university (like the Cornell colleges), it can be harder to switch around. If there's just one undergraduate college, you should have fewer problems.