11 years later, I am using the sys admin and consulting experience to push into my Info Sec career. I went back to the school's curriculum to see if they have added any security related classes and sadly they haven't. Then I took a look at the CS department and shocked to see that most of what I've been interested in over the last few years has been taught there. Granted I never really wanted to be a coder, so I figured why bother with CS? Anyway I've come a long way I think from my MIS roots and continue to enjoy diving further into the inner workings of the systems.
What am I getting at? I have no real idea. Am I a hacker? Maybe at heart I am, in its purest sense of the word. Did not going CS as a major hinder my newly found desire to break the systems so I can figure out how better to protect them? Maybe only slightly. I do believe that MIS did give me the soft skills that are desperately needed to further one's career. As far as CS goes, well my original major was Biology and I've always had a strong interest in Science, so what is really the difference in what I do now? The viruses I deal with now are just digital. They still cause havok on their target systems which are electronic rather than biological. In the end I think I am right where I wanted to be, just took a bit longer than some.
So advice to those out there who may be starting on the same path... College is a time to grow both professionally and emotionally. You will probably change your major at least once. Don't regret the decision, use it to better yourself. You will have plenty of time to gain the skills that will help grow your interests. Oh and don't believe the instructors, you will not be making 100K out the door ;-) Use that first job to build your experience and don't be afraid to take the grunt work jobs. Good luck!