I Lost Interest in My University Major

I Lost Interest in My University Major

Throughout high school, I explored different career possibilities. I wanted to be an author, but it was obviously a very unstable career path. I wanted to be a graphic designer, but I wasn’t that great of an artist. I wanted to be a journalist, but I was only good at creative writing. At last, I stumbled upon my ultimate career dream: a film editor.

I’d always had a fascination with editing. I taught myself how to use and experimented with Sony Vegas Pro and Final Cut Pro. I even did high school co-op at Rogers TV as a video editor.

Five years ago, Ryerson University became my dream school. To my disappointment, I didn’t get into my first choice of Film Studies at Ryerson, but I did get into my second choice, Radio and Television (now called Media Production). First year was great – I learned a lot of brand new skills and enjoyed every second of it. It was everything I expected to get out of RTA and more. Second year was fun as well. Somehow, once I got into third year, my passion for editing and film production just died.

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In fall semester, 4/5 of my courses were for my English (mandatory for my program) and Film Studies minors, which made me miserable about school. In an effort to change things up for winter semester, I picked courses related to children’s programming and gaming to see if I was interested in those industries. I also took EFP (electronic field production) in an attempt to rekindle my love for production. Unfortunately, all of this has just reminded me that I have lost interest in what I believed for so long would be my future. I’m enjoying what I’m learning, but none of it is anything I would want to do in the long-term.

Over the past half year, my interests have been gearing towards digital media. I’ve been working in digital media (professionally and personally) for over a year and everything I’ve learned, I’ve learned on my own or from my employers. You don’t really need to go to school to learn how to create online content or use social media.

Several people Adam has interviewed for Students of Ryerson have said they’ve lost interest in their programs as well. I think Media Production is an excellent program and you really do learn a lot, but it’s not related to what I want to do in my future anymore. It terrifies me that I don’t know what I want to do when I graduate, but I have confidence that I’ll figure it out. For anyone in the same position, I think the best thing to do is power through it and have your degree as a backup.

P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on how to survive fourth year and relieve your stress.

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Jessica Lam

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  • Chloe Tzang

    Well, I know how you feel. I graduated Nursing coz I wanted that reasonably secure job but my passion has always been creative writing. Now that I’ve graduated and I’m working, I’m studying creative writing part time and starting to get myself established as an author with some paid commission work. So I’m totally with you on the “complete that degree and keep it in your back pocket” idea. Except in my case it’s my front pocket. Your blog’s actually been a bit of inspiration for me, so thank you for articulating this so well and good luck. Find your dream and just go for it! We’re so lucky we can do that.

  • Do you still feel the same way? I love media production and editing but I’m afraid I’ll feel like you at the end. I’m also afraid that I might not get accepted, I haven’t even applied but everyone says that the acceptance rate is so low, and it costly and my grades aren’t very good either…. advice???

    • I’ve started to enjoy production again, but I’m still more interested in digital media – which being in RTA has helped me realize. Had I not been in this program, I wouldn’t have even known what digital media was!

      I think I’ve heard that the acceptance rate is around 10%, and if your marks aren’t that great, I suggest taking another year to upgrade your marks. If your average is at the very least in the high 80s, you should be fine. You never know if you’ll get in or not if you don’t try, so it’s worth applying for!

  • shaakthi

    Sweetie, YOU’RE 21 YEARS OLD. For fuck’s sake, how on Earth do youths decide what they want to do FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE at such a young age? If nothing pulls you don’t force it! I was in art school myself before I felt hollow as shit and now I am in… a program with lots of math/physics…. this decision I could not make when I was 16 when we were required to pick out “streamed courses” in high school (math/arts/business). Good luck!

  • Kyle Wong

    I just saw this post in the Ryerson’s accepted group! I like your blog it’s totally relatable 🙂 You clearly put a lot of time and effort into this blog and that’s awesome!