While the average college student changes their major 3 times in their college career, most of these changes occur freshman year. But what happens when you're over halfway through with college and realize your major just isn't right for you?
Meet Morgan Maloof, a senior from Marietta, Georgia. Morgan came to Auburn as a bright-eyed freshman with a passion for helping others.
"For as long as I can remember, I have had a science-oriented brain. Biology and chemistry classes were a breeze for me in high school. Declaring a pre-nursing major just seemed natural for me."
Maloof says her pre-requisite courses freshman and sophomore year of college were challenging, yet doable. "My labs and lectures for my science classes were a step up difficulty-wise from high school," says Maloof, "yet they were manageable. I still saw myself becoming a nurse one day."
Things shifted her junior year when she received acceptance into the very competitive nursing program at Auburn. After getting in, she questioned her decision.
"Getting accepted was supposed to be the 'hard part.' Why is my passion fading now?" she says.
When asked what about nursing school changed her mind, Maloof says, "I realized that I couldn't handle the blood, the shots or really any of the hands-on stuff. I felt so alone, knowing that I had worked so hard to chase this childhood dream that wasn't even mine anymore."
After a lot of thought, prayer and deliberation, Maloof took a leap of faith. "I decided not to waste any more time or money with something that I knew deep down, wasn't going to work out for me. I made the extremely tough decision of dropping out of nursing school" she says.
Maloof took a semester off of school while working to earn money and thinking about a new path. "I did a lot of research during that time. During my research, I discovered the healthcare administration major. It was appealing to me because I would still get to help people, but more from the background than the forefront," says Maloof.
Though her parents felt disappointed that she would not become a nurse, they ultimately supported her decision to follow her new passion. Maloof says of her family, "I am blessed to have parents who value my happiness and wellbeing over anything else."
Maloof will graduate in December 2018, just one semester later than her friends. When asked her plans after graduation, Maloof says, "Ideally I would be doing medical sales for a doctor's office or large corporation."
In retrospect, Maloof is glad to have followed intuition and listened to her heart. She says, "I feel so liberated knowing that I was able to make the right decision for myself. I finally found where I belong."
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