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.
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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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22 Girl Names Your Random College Roommate Will Have, And The Type Of Roommate They Are

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Every roommate situation in college is going to be different.

All you can do is hope and pray that they'll just leave you alone for the most part. A lot of the time, you can get a hint about what kind of roommate they'll be just knowing their first name.

1. Hailey

Her dad pays her rent. She can't cook. Litters the kitchen with take out boxes from the local vegan joint.

2. Beth

Totally wants you to go to SoulCycle with her at 6 a.m. on a Saturday. Room is littered with leggings and sneakers.

3. Michelle

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4. Victoria

Probably has dark hair and an acoustic guitar. Keeps pretty much to herself. Does homework in the living room at obscure hours.

5. Madison

Was on the dance team in high school and has not stopped telling you about how great it was. Does work out videos on the TV in the living room.

6. Kim

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7. Megan

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8. Erica

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9. Erika

Wild. Emotionally distraught always. Is always hosting the pre-game. Never comes home with all of the clothes she left wearing.

10. Sarah

"Definitely should have got into Harvard, but I ended up here instead." Too into trying to get a 4.0 to pay attention to you.

11. Julia

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12. Hannah

So tall she almost hits her head on the doorways. Plays basketball. Raps to old Kanye in the shower.

13. Jenny

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14. Heather

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15. Grace

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16. Emma

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17. Caitlyn

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18. Sam

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19. Alex

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20. Taylor

Is somehow always home when you're home. You know nothing about her other than where she's from.

21. Alyssa

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11 Thoughts All Rising Seniors Have As Junior Year Ends

Inside the mind of a rising senior who eager for summer yet scared of applying to colleges.
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The end of junior year brings some inner turmoil; students want to enjoy their summer before the hassle of applying to colleges, but they also don't want to slack off too much and put their admissions at risk. Here are some common thoughts that some of us may have.


1. Yesss, it's finally summer!

No more late nights, assessments or terrible cafeteria food and two months of binge watching Netflix. We choose to ignore the fact that we'll have to start the grind again for senior year.

2. Gotta start cracking on those SAT subject tests.

Now that all school work is done, it's time to start studying AGAIN for those pesky subject tests that show how much you've forgotten since the AP exam. And on test day, you will be reunited with your fellow classmates a little too early.

3. Senior Pictures!

Let's be real, your yearbook picture must look flawless. That is why you need to perfect your makeup routine and make an appointment with Cady Studios to get that amazing picture. And think of a bomb senior quote to go with it.

4. Me n' my girls

Finally, you and your friends can get together and stuff yourselves with ice cream or have spontaneous photoshoots at the Ponce City Market... either way, it's a girls' night out!

5. The Beach

Everyone will go to the beach at one point during the summer, and you'll be seeing bikini clad girls all over your Instagram feed. But it doesn't matter where you go as long as you are taking a break from school and exploring some exotic locations!

6. Oh no . . . AP Exam scores?

Around July, College Board will remind you to check your AP Exam scores via email. You can choose to ignore it or stress over your potential score. Remember, it is OK if you do not get a five; you did your best!

7. Shopping, shopping and more shopping

Chances are that you haven't shopped in forever because of your busy schedule but not anymore. Hit up Northpoint Mall for a new wardrobe and accessories! Gotta set the bar high for the seniors after you!

8. Summer homework?

The two months of freedom we get is simply an elongated version of a weekend, meaning there will be homework due on the first day back. And if you are taking more AP classes, you can expect the homework to be extremely confusing.

9. Weight gain . . . yay.

Eating is hard when you are in a stress filled environment with 50 assessments due the next day. But you won't be able to let your inhibitions hold you back when you have two months off with junk food all in the fridge.

10. What's cardio?

You will be content sitting sitting on the couch, texting all your friends and Netflixing. In fact, you may notice a lack of vitamin D and your skin getting paler. Don't be alarmed; your true potential as a couch potato is shining through.

11. Sleeping a little too much . . .

You might get a little bored with nothing to do, so sleeping comes naturally. You may lose chunks out of your day, but at least you'll be well rested for your late night festivities.


Though these thoughts may reign supreme on your to do list this summer, make sure you forget about school for a while and have some fun!

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