I am now in my second year at Derby, and although we are just a few weeks in, I made a decision that I definitely didn’t expect to.
When I first looked at my timetable for this semester, it was a little strange. I had elected to maintain a balance between my English and Creative and Professional Writing modules as I enjoyed the even balance in my first year. However, my timetable for this year was showing my five modules for one subject and just one for the other. Let’s just say I definitely began to panic a little.
When looking through it, the Creative Writing modules all appealed to me and looked really interesting which made me re-think things, and I didn’t have quite the same feeling about English. I didn’t want to forget English altogether, but for some reason, creative writing was standing out and appealing to me more.
Luckily, I was able to find help through talking it through with academic advisers. They outlined all my options for me and assured me I didn’t have to make a decision straight away which put me at ease. I had the chance to read details of all my potential modules which was invaluable in giving me more insight into them. After that, the more I thought about it, the more confident I became of what I wanted to do.
Since talking it through, I have decided to major/minor from this year onward instead. Initially, the idea of changing anything seemed quite frightening to me, but I now know that it can be a really positive thing and take you in a direction you wouldn’t necessarily have thought of before. The freedom university offers is so beneficial and has made me realise you don’t just have to stick to something, you can change your mind and that is absolutely okay.
I feel more prepared for any possible changes that come along and I am looking forward to whatever lies ahead this year.