I usually don’t respond to haters or trolls because it’s a waste of time (and that’s exactly what they want) but I wanted to bring up a point.
Yesterday I made a post talking about how I bombed a quiz in Quantum Mechanics. Yes, that’s right. We had a quiz on both the first and second days of class. My professor hinted at having a quiz but wasn’t clear about what would be on it. So I studied what ended up being the wrong topic (I wasn’t the only one to do so) and bombed it.
“You should go into IT sciences instead 😂😂😂“
I should change my entire major because of one quiz? Really? Is that really what you’re suggesting to me? Anyone who changes their major over one quiz is an idiot. Seriously. If you give up at the first sign of struggle you will go nowhere in any part of your life. One quiz does not determine your ability to do well in a specific field.
Even more so, I would argue that one class shouldn’t make you change your major, either, and that’s the real point I want to make here. A lot of people freshman year switch from a major in the natural sciences to a major in either social sciences or business right after the first semester. Maybe they honestly just didn’t like it anymore. Or maybe they failed an important class or barely passed and thought that meant they should quit.
But it really doesn’t mean you should quit.
I had one really bad semester in my physics degree. In the PHY-201 class, Fields and Waves, I got a C-. But I really felt like I deserved to fail. It definitely made me question my ability as a physicist. So much. I was having a huge identity crisis because I was trying to go into physics instead of chemistry, but if I couldn’t get through the first sophomore class how would I get through the rest of it? I was in a head spin because I had no idea what to do with my future if it didn’t include physics. Physics was my plan.
Well, it’s good I stuck with it. Because you know what I got in the PHY-203 class, Modern Physics? An A. And the math classes after that? An A-.
I fumbled in Fields and Waves. I fumbled a lot. But I learned from my mistakes. I made mistakes. I did some things wrong. I didn’t prepare like I should have. I had three other hard lab science/math classes at the same time. And the professor was a lot harder than the professor I had for my previous two physics classes. I recognized that there were things with my situation, whether they were my fault or not, that led me to a poor grade. I realized it, then I made a change.
If you’re considering changing your major, give it some thought. Do you not like the field or did you just not like that specific class? Will you always be doomed to fail or is there a skill you can improve on to do better in the future? Do you need a flawless GPA or can you just manage with the degree?
Really think about these things. Because sometimes people give up on something they would have loved just because it was hard at first.
And honestly, I personally love that physics is hard. I hate studying for chemistry because, relatively speaking, it’s much easier (for me) than physics. So I’m not as interested in spending my time studying it. I really like the challenge that physics and math give me, so I enjoy studying for those classes. I didn’t give up my chemistry major (obviously; I’m a double major) but I realized I don’t like chemistry. And it has nothing to do with my ability. I just don’t like it. I don’t like studying it or being in lab. Whether it’s class or research.
Physics on the other hand, yeah. I struggled a bit at first. But I’ve learned and improved. And I really enjoy the subject matter. That’s why I stick with it. Because I enjoy it and I know that the only thing standing between me and my success in physics is the work I put into it.
I may not always understand something at first, but I know that I can learn it and that I want to. That’s what’s important.