When Picking Your Major and Minor, Choose Something You Genuinely Enjoy

The Subject That You Study In College Should Be What Makes You Happy

Don't major in something you don't enjoy just for the sake of finding a stable job after graduation.

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Coming into college, I had already decided that I was going to major in psychology and minor in criminal justice studies. I knew that I was passionate about the minor in criminal justice studies and that I wanted to work in the criminal justice system somehow when I graduated. However, my school doesn't offer a major that is relative to that field of study, so I had to pick a major that I enjoyed but also fit in well with my criminal justice minor. I chose psychology and during my first year, I kept convincing myself that psychology was my passion. Along the way, I also thought about adding a variety of minors including political science, human services studies, or even gender studies. It wasn't until the following summer when I realized that maybe all of my majors and minors didn't have to go together.

My first semester of college, I took an introductory painting class and fell in love with it. It was my favorite class, and I found myself looking forward to it every other day. The class met two days a week for over two and a half hours, and even after a long day, I found myself staying hours later to keep working. The class itself was also a great stress reliever, as it allowed me to just come and sit in peace and work on my current projects. I was able to express myself in a comfortable setting. Since then, while I love art, I have not found the time to keep working on it, possibly because I did not have a designated time during which I was only to work it. However, I wanted to continue art because of what it provides for me, so as a result, I decided to add it as a minor. This way, I could take one art class almost every semester, and it would act as a stress-reliever.

Halfway through my first semester sophomore year, I realized that psychology isn't what I was most passionate about. While I enjoyed my psychology classes, the subject matter didn't appeal to me as something I'd like to focus on in my career. I noticed that I was only trying to like psychology because it worked well with the material that I would learn throughout my criminal justice studies courses. Now, I've always had a passion for writing that I've never really pursued until I realized that I could incorporate it into my studies. As a result, I decided to pursue a psychology minor instead of a major, and I introduced journalism as my major. If I was asked what my dream job would be, I would say that I'd love to be a writer of some kind, and this major switch gives me the power to do just that.

I was a bit nervous to do a complete 180 on my major and minors because I had already made some good progress in my psychology major. But now that I've made the switch, I'm so much more excited about the classed I'm taking and the career opportunities that are much more within reach now. Switching my major and minors also made me realize that it is more than okay to choose to study something that you genuinely like instead of something that looks impressive on a resume or transcript. I can already tell that this change will benefit me in the long run; I'm going to absolutely love my career and what I choose to do with my journalism major, and criminal justice studies and art minors.

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A Letter To My Freshman Dorm Room As I Pack Up My Things

Somehow a 15' x 12' room became a home.

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Dear Geary 411,

With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

We're sorry for blaring the music so loud while getting ready and acting like we can actually sing when, in reality, we know we can't. Sorry for the dance parties that got a bit out of control and ended with us standing on the desks. Sorry for the cases of the late-night giggles that came out of nowhere and just would not go away. Sorry for the homesick cries and the "I failed my test" cries and the "I'm dropping out" cries. We're sorry for hating you at first. All we saw was a tiny and insanely hot room, we had no idea what you would bring to us.

Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

Thank you for being a space where I could grow, where I was tested physically, mentally and emotionally and for being my home for a year.

Sincerely,

A girl who is sad to go

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8 Things We Do In College That You Probably Won't Tell Mom And Dad On Your Weekly Phone Call

A list of the things you do to spice up college life, shhh don't tell the parents.

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All of us are experiencing freedom and our own rules for the first time and sometimes we push the limits. So here's the list of the things we probably won't tell mom and dad we did when they call tomorrow morning.

1. Get a Piercing

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There's something sketchy about tattoo parlors and college towns. Overpriced, yet people are still lined out the door because they need a new earring or face piercing SO bad. Until they call mom and she's not happy.

2. Dye your Hair

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"Well I thought I'd change things up and Sussie had extra dye"

3. Get a Tattoo

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"I got this because I'm a _____ major and we love ______"

or the good ol' Ohio 110 logo.

4. Go on a Bender

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Sometimes you think wet week is a good idea. Sadly your bank account, your liver, and early classes think otherwise.

5. Junk Food Splurge

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You'll probably eat out too many times in a week and regret it later when you have a food baby.

6. Using the Credit Card for Drinks

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Money is all coming from the same place though, right? Truly sorry for this one.

7. Promiscuity

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Being away from home and having your own roof, sort of, lets you make any decision you want. Many students become much more sexually active and let their guard down about safe sex.

8. Bad Decisions

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Whether it's blacking out on weekdays, getting an unsafe ride home, or puking while showering, sometimes college gets the best of us. But I can tell you we have a hell of a time doing it.

Mom, if you're reading this, these weren't all my ideas I'm not that bad I swear! And students be safe and try and think before you do something that could make your parents very, very mad.... tattoos are FOREVER.

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