I accepted York as my firm to study Maths, and now I'm having second thoughts. I've always had a passion for literature and it's something I thought I could just carry on with once I'd finished my maths degree. I'm fairly good at maths (ish) so I thought I would do this as a back up plan, and then perhaps go on to do something with English.
I'm now hating maths and really cannot imagine spending another 3 years of my life studying it. I hate it so much that I'm considering puposely failing my exams (I haven't done A-level english) so that I then will not get into York, hopefully do an A-level in English in a year, then reapply to do an English degree next year. Will universities be aware when I apply next year that I've applied for a completely different course? Do you think I should carry on with the maths degree then do something afterwards?
I just don't know what to do!
Well don't deliberately fail your exams for a start!
But also don't do a course you don't want to do.
Take a year out and reapply.
But when I reapply, how am I going to look to universties if I'm now applying to a completely different course? Won't it look as if I don't reallly have an interest in the subject?
Will the unis even know that you've applied before when you re-apply?...I wouldn't have thought they would?
You'll definitely be able to get into unis even if they do know that you've previously applied for another subject anyway! If anything it proves that you're passionate about your chosen subject that you chose to take a whole year out just so that you could do it!
Unis know that people make mistakes, even if they did know that you originally chose maths they wouldn't care as long as you explained to them why you changed your mind and why you REALLY want to do the course that you are applying for.
Remember - a lot of people change subjects when they get to university, and the universities (usually) do their best to make it possible for that person to move course (assuming they have the required grades). So if unis are actually willing to allow their own students to move around weeks into the course, why would they be so against you changing your mind months before you were even due to start?
But most importantly - DO NOT DELIBERATELY FAIL YOUR EXAMS!!!
Uni's WILL know what qualifications you have and they'd much rather see that you have an A or a B in maths (even if you're applying for english or whatever) than see that you sat A-levels before your year out and only got D or E grades!
So say I got the requried grades for York this August. Would I be able to still reject my place? One of my friends said to me that they only let you reject the offer after August in exceptional circumstances, and I don't really think my circumstances are exceptional. Would I be foreced to be pay the first years worth of tuition fees?
Thanks for all your reply's. I think I'm just hating maths now because I'm so sick of revising it, I'll probably begin to like it again later! I think I might just see what happens. There's nothing stopping me doing two degrees so I might just end up doing that.
I will eventually make up my mind come results day!