Though many students study multiple things and aren’t too concerned about being on the wrong track, Romeika says that this isn’t the case for everyone, and that in particular, the students who need help narrowing things down are usually the ones who are good at both sides of business – working with people and with numbers – and thus have a harder time picking.
Self-Correction Is Okay
“There’s a lot of self-correction here,” Romeika says. “I see this so often: A rising senior will do a summer internship, and he’ll come back and completely change his plan in the last year. And that can actually be okay, because our students all study the same core classes, so switching majors within business isn’t very difficult.”
Take Some Time To Reflect
In order to make things like switching majors and preparing for careers possible, however, Romeika says that students should visit their advisors at the beginning of the school year.
“I think it makes sense for them to come back and take stock,” he says. “They learn so much through summer internships or study abroad, or maybe they just had more time to think over the summer. I think all students would benefit from coming in to reflect on what happened over the summer and over the last year, and to probe deeper about why they enjoyed what they did.”
“Wharton students are so eager to do so many things,” he says, “But I’m not sure they take the time to reflect. I think it’s okay to change your mind. I think that students who are sure of what they want to do should still be open to possibilities in case it turns out they’re happier elsewhere.”