The interviewer wants to know that you fully understand the gravity of a decision like changing majors. They want to see that you can guide their students wisely. If you can, give an example of a time when you suggested a student change majors.
"Changing majors can be serious business, especially if the student is at risk of losing out financially due to the decision. I would suggest a student change majors once they have found themselves completely disengaged and uninterested in the program. I would also only suggest a change once the student is apparent on the alternate major they would like to take."
"The situation would have to be very severe before I would recommend changing majors. That isn't a small decision. It can be costly and time-consuming. I would only recommend changing majors if the student was highly unhappy and on the verge of dropping out altogether."
"As an experienced admissions counselor, I do not feel that it is my place to discourage heavily if a student is truly unhappy with their originally chosen major. It is their life and their future career path. I will provide them with a lot of well-researched information, supporting either decision. A pro and cons list so to speak. My primary focus would be to support the decision that they make in the end."
"Only under severe circumstances would I likely suggest a major change. If I see the student is truly unhappy and on the verge of dropping out I may suggest a change. I think the biggest thing is that I would sit down with them and go over the pros and cons of each decision and support them on whatever decision they choose to go with."
It's good that you would take this situation seriously while taking the time to break down the needs of the student. Bravo!
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