Our summer intern Celia's legacy continues with one more article - here's how to maximize your academic experience by adding another discipline!
If you’ve chosen a major and you’re confident in what you’re studying but still feel like something is missing, it might be time to add a minor or another major to the mix. But with such a wide variety of options, how do you choose? As a college senior with a double-major and a double-minor, I’ve gone through this process a few times. So here are my top things to consider:
What classes have you already taken?
Look at classes you’ve already taken - college courses, high school classes, even extra-curricular activities - and figure out what you enjoyed. In college, there’s a lot of different disciplines you can study, so if you’ve taken a class before that you really loved, that might be a good starting point.
What requirements does it fulfill?
Finding the right major or minor to fit into your schedule can be difficult, especially if your agenda is already packed. Look at the classes that the major or minor requires and see if they cover any other requirements you already have. For my foreign language, I took ASL (American Sign Language) and two of those classes counted towards my disability studies minor, making it easier to find the time for those final courses.
What will advance your chosen career path?
I came to college as a creative writing major wanting to become an editor. I added my professional writing major because both courses of study would give me different skill sets that would help me reach my goals. Consider your intended career and how your minor or double-major could get you there. How would you apply those new classes to life outside of school?
What gets you excited to learn?
Not every college student knows exactly what they want to do post-grad. Don’t choose your major or minor solely based on convenience or how much money you think it'll help you make. This could be your chance to specialize in something that you’d never otherwise study! (Plus, diverse interests look good on a resume, too.) If there’s a subject you’re curious or passionate about, look up the first class you need to take, sign up, and see how it goes. If it interests you, you can take more classes and declare the major or minor once you’re sure.
Choosing an additional major or adding a minor can seem intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. The most important thing is that you enjoy what you’re studying and do what's best for you. Don’t be afraid to try something new... you might be surprised what you’ll learn.
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