Disclaimers for Anyone Considering Triple-Majoring

Disclaimers for Anyone Considering Triple-Majoring

If you're gonna do it, you should do it either for a reason or for the fun.

This is my sixth article for The Odyssey Online, and it's my fifth article mentioning that I'm an undergrad triple-major. I think that at this point I need to lay out a few disclaimers for anyone considering the three-major route.

You need a lot of major overlap in order to graduate on time as a triple-major. This means sticking in the same division, almost definitely. The Humanities and Social Sciences will likely be the best places to get the magic three. Even there, you'll need to do a lot of planning in order to get your requirements in without "wasting" classes. I came into college with a few Gen Eds out of the way and tested out of both Elementary French courses, so I've been able to hack away at my majors a little more easily than I would have had I come in at the bottom. All classes totaled, three majors will likely be 120 credits at a minimum. I'm on track to graduate with 140 credits or more, but some of those credits do not serve any of my graduation requirements.

A three-major program need not be extremely difficult. There will be a few more advanced classes than a single-major student is required to take, but for many majors that could work for tripling, most courses are at an intermediate level, at least in theory. If anything, being a triple-major shows that you are skilled at wrangling curriculums. I don't think my three-major program is any more impressive than a typical program in fields such as engineering or biochemistry.

As I alluded with my use of "wasting" above, with three majors, there isn't much room for classes outside of your requirements. This can be negative in a few different ways. There might be some courses that you wish to take for the fun and extra knowledge that they might afford you. Or you may want to take some extra classes in your major. Or perhaps you feel a lack of knowledge in one particular area adjacent to your field of study, but you just can't squeeze that class in when it comes around. Beyond that, you might wish to pick up a minor outside of your division for its practical value or wish to complete a minor that you naturally start by working on your majors and Gen Eds. Of a more sinister nature, you may determine that you'd like to pursue graduate study in something similar but a little different from anything you're majoring in, and you won't be able to take a firm hold of that area of study. I have encountered all of these complications since I started working toward my degree. Urban Sociology? It would've helped my fiction-writing skills, I think, but I had to pass it up. English Literature courses? I'm taking five through my Creative Writing major, but I may be leaving myself disadvantaged for applications to PhD programs in literature. I'll have some French literature classes to bolster my claims, yet that could pigeon-hole me into a Comparative Literature program in the end, if I make it into any program at all.

With these disclaimers come a few benefits. While it might be a little awkward telling people what you’re studying and having to list off three things, most people seem to be impressed by the concept of a triple-major. I don’t think it’s really that big of a deal, but it can be, and in any case, there’s no sense in telling them that. If you wish to stick with your BA or BS and forgo further study, you’ll be well-learned in three areas that could aid you in securing employment in a variety of jobs. Your myriad of expertise can also make you unique in your thinking. Not only can this influence interviewers, but it can also improve your capabilities on the job site. Moreover, having three majors can help you build a wide network of colleagues within your school. If you’re in a small school like UPJ, you may find yourself knowing almost every student in all of your classes by the end.

Adding college majors will always call for tough decision-making. Once you’ve started down a path, it can be expensive to move down another, both for your time and your wallet. If you’re early on in your college career or have been carefully curating your coursework for several semesters, you may be tempted to try to triple-major. This article is meant to caution you in that decision. Consider all of the costs and benefits of having a trio before making such a decision. In the end, it may serve you better to roll with two majors and two minors, one major and three minors, one major and a vast array of sub-areas of study, or any other possible program. Just be aware that the decisions you make can be both more and less important than you think. You won’t know until much later how your choices grade, so put thought to all of them, but try not to tie yourself into knots over it either. That triple-major, if you choose it, will tie you up quite enough on its own.

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Fostering Creativity in Children’s Education


It is almost impossible to function or contribute to the development of society without education. That is why it is pivotal that the education experience is cultivated so that students can maximize their potential. Too many learners have learning challenges that prevent them from pursuing a course of study that is more suited to their aptitude. As such, teachers have to employ better strategies to motivate the learner through a more creative methodological approach. It would be a mistake to think that creativity can simply be relegated to the pursuits of music and art in education, but should more so be employed to how the lessons are presented to the learner. Students always visit this site to increase their knowledge or find an essay for college.

Definition of Terms

Merriam Webster dictionary states that education is “the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction.” It is “the process by which an individual is encouraged and enabled to fully develop his or her potential; it may also serve the purpose of equipping the individual with what is necessary to be a productive member of society. Through teaching and learning the individual acquires and develops knowledge and skills; which are utilized by the individual throughout life-long activities.” Education is preparation for some worthy activity.In terms of creativity, it is a ‘quality of creative’; Merriam Webster dictionary states that being creative means “to have the power to create, rather than to imitate.”

Theorists on Education

Plato should be acknowledged because he developed a standardized approach to education. It was he who visualized the idea of training young children formally. This would allow for all to be on the same level. Plato was also the first to envisage the initiative of ‘lifelong learning’ and understood that “children should enter school at six where they first learn the three Rs (reading, writing and counting) and then engage with music and sports. John Dewey is also thought to be a respecteddidactic realist; he believed that education was a practiceused to advance the human condition. He believed that schools werededicated atmospheres that correspond with the societal environment. Within the educational curriculum a person’s experiences and interest are explored which prepares him for the future and life’s affairs.

Challenges in the Classroom

Teachers are faced with diverse teaching situations every day; some of these are easier to manage, but teachers need added techniques to resolve some scenarios. One of the more challenging instances will arise when you have to persuade a learner to do something that they have no desire, at that moment, to do. This is where motivation techniques will be beneficial.Motivation is something that energizes, directs and sustains behavior; it gets students moving, points them in a particular direction and keeps them going (Fredricks, Blumenfeld & Paris, 2004). For these reasons, teachers must learn how to appropriately stimulate the interests of their pupils. Keep in mind that one creative strategy might work for some students. The key is to diversify. Observe your students and interact with them; in this manner you will learn how to incite a response from your students and how best to motivate them continuously.

Learning Styles

Using a variety of creative teaching strategies ensures that the lesson is geared towards most if not all of the learning styles. To better understand which creative technique to implement in a classroom setting, you have to first understand learning styles; below is a list of learning styles, which every teacher should be aware of and design their lessons to accommodate.

  • Solitary learners that have a preference for self-study.
  • Social learners do not mind working in groups.
  • Physical learners or kinesthetic learners are those who have a preference for engaging the learning process through physical touch.
  • Visual learners engage learning through what they see, so use images.
  • Aural learners or auditory pupils like to learn by the use of sounds or music.
  • Logical learners are highly logical and are always reasoning out problems.
  • Verbal learners like to learn by speaking or writing.

These learning styles should then be complemented by facilitative teaching activities which support student participation and allows them to gain mastery in every subject.

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