(Closed) My adviser made me feel discouraged and now I'm second guessing my major

posted 5 years ago in College
  • poll: What should I do?
    Switch to a B.A. Hey, a degree is a degree, and I'm sure you'll find SOME job out there... : (9 votes)
    8 %
    Stick with the B.S.! Don't give up, even if it takes you 6 years!! : (94 votes)
    86 %
    Other - I'll explain in the comments : (6 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    96 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I’m sorry you had such a crappy meeting! I think if you really want to do nutrition you should stick with it even if it takes a little longer. I got my BA in sociology because I didn’t know what I wanted to do and everyone was telling me “it doesn’t matter what degree you get, as long as you have a degree”. Well 3 years later I’m back going back to school for accounting because I couldn’t find a job. If you have a passion for nutrition you should definitely keep working on it. Is there a different advisor you can speak with? Is there any other university near by that you could take the classes at and then transfer the credits? 

    Post # 4
    766 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @LadyMoriarty:  I’d talk to the head of your nutrition department. You shouldn’t be punished because the university doesn’t have enough sections for those within the major. Some exception could be made. Don’t give up on doing something that you enjoy. It may also be worth talking to one of the professors teaching the courses you need and see if you can set up an independent study or if they would allow you into their class. 

    Post # 6
    7561 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    What do you want to do in your career? I would not change your major just to graduate. I’m sorry your advisor is not being very supportive. 

    This is really about what you want to do. I can’t get on board with “if you love it, it will work out” in this economy. It’s about blending your passions, skills and workplace demand. Go on job searching websites and read the qualifications for jobs your want. Are they looking for people with degrees in nutrition? It’s all about defining a goal and then figuring out how to get there. 


    Post # 7
    295 posts
    Helper bee

    Stick with it…. if you are passionate about the subject and want to do it for a living. If you can take those classes at another local school do it. Try to get into them during the summer when classes are less crowed. When I was in college I went year around. I didn’t take a semester off in the five years I was at the university. I took the classes that were hard to get into at a community college or during the summer.

    Post # 8
    4047 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Get your degree in nutrition if that’s what you want. Some advisers are crap, and I’m sorry you got stuck with one.

    Post # 10
    2063 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @LadyMoriarty:  The advisor is probably to introduce you to what she considers reality at the school. However, I would continue to seek a degree in what you would like. Have you considered online education?


    I am curious, what will you do with a BSin Nutrition?


    Post # 11
    4495 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I feel like we’re past the days of “as long as you have a degree in anything you can get a job.” Maybe that used to be the case, but not anymore. Now even with a specialized degree it can still be difficult finding an entry level position. I would stick with what you want and not switch to some wishy washy area of study. Maybe the classes are hard to get into, but obviously people do get into them. Are they hard to get because you have to pass some type of entrance test to get in or because they just fill up quickly?

    I’ve never had an adviser that I particularly cared for.


    Post # 13
    197 posts
    Blushing bee

    @LadyMoriarty:  I don’t mean for this to sound terrible, but with this economy and everything having a liberal/arts degree is almost the same as having no degree at all- you would really struggle to find a job with it. You are better off studying for longer if it means it will result in a job. FWIW, have you looked at employment rates and jobs for nutrition? If you think it is a good area to be in, something you enjoy AND can actually find a job in, then that’s clearly the best degree for you. If not, is there anything else you would enjoy that does have good job opportunities?


    ETA: Oh, also, that lady sounds like a dolt. Really unhelpful. It sounds like you have a better idea of what’s going on than she does (re: priority). Ignore her 😛


    Post # 15
    2063 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @LadyMoriarty:  Oh, I see! How interesting! I had no idea! Where do registered dieticians work?

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