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4 Signs You’re Studying the Wrong Subject

By Zain Nabi

Updated April 13, 2021 Updated April 13, 2021

Choosing a degree and a career path is not as easy as it seems – but it is important to get right. If you’ve ended up choosing a degree which doesn’t really suit you, there’s a risk that you’ll end up dropping out, underperforming, or simply unhappy.

Remember it’s okay to change directions and move to another course. This isn’t a failure – but continuing to study a subject you are not interested in certainly is. That will lead to nothing except frustration and wasted time. Not sure if you’ve chosen the right subject? See how many of these signs apply to you…

1. You are attending the lectures – but only physically 
Bored in lecture

Yes, you try to be punctual. You show determination and you try to give your best shot, but something isn’t right. You are sitting in the lecture, but the words coming out of your professor’s mouth are not making any sense. Actually, they aren’t even registering in your head. You are perhaps thinking of what to do later in the day or watching funny video clips. While every student loses focus some of the time, if this is your usual experience, then you’re not in the right place.

2. Assignments feel like the end of the world 

Ok, so everyone struggles to some extent with assignments, but most students end up enjoying them at least a bit. If finishing course assignments feels like an impossible task, and you can’t even force yourself to sit down and see what it’s actually about, then you are dealing with the wrong assignment. There are lazy and dull days in every student’s life, but if nothing is making sense and you always have to force yourself to do anything, you may want to reconsider your choice of course.

3. You have nothing to say 

Your friends may like to talk about the herculean effort they made to attain a certain grade, how they managed to skim through a chapter in record time, or which exam questions they found the most challenging. If you don’t have anything to contribute to conversations about your course, not even to complain about the teachers, then you must realize it’s not your territory. You are a guest in someone else’s house. Do you want to stay there for long?

4. You aren’t happy 

If you are not satisfied with what you are studying, it will reflect in all the other aspects of your life. You won’t be happy generally, and it will take very little to upset you. Your moods will change randomly and you won’t be much fun to be around with. This is the result of the frustration and disappointment that continues to build up over time, because something is definitely not right in your life. Is it time to make a change?

This article was originally published in February 2016 . It was last updated in April 2021

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Hailing from Pakistan, Zain finished a Masters of Journalism and International Relations at Monash University in Australia. He is working as a journalist and media trainer in Melbourne along with secretly harboring an ambition to become a filmmaker.

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