10 Thoughts You Have If You Have An Obscure Major

10 Thoughts You Have If You Have An Obscure Major

Seriously, I just want my major to be recognized.

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As a Speech-Language Pathology Healthcare Track Major, I've experienced a lot of things that people with a "normal" major don't. If you also have an obscure major you might relate to these thoughts too.

Also, did you know you can major in Jazz? Seriously, look it up.

1. What department am I even in?

I'm somehow in the College of Education, specifically Special Education with no teaching certification and a health track emphasis. What?

2. Who is my adviser?

Because I have no idea what my program's college is, I have no idea who my adviser is supposed to be. Someone please just tell me what classes to take and how I can get enough credits to graduate.

3. Does anyone on this campus have the same major as me?

I haven't met anyone with the same major as me, but somehow my friend of a friend's roommate is also in SLP? And the program is still going, so it must have students, right? Right?

4. How do I explain my major?

Being a SLP major I typically just say I'm going into Speech Therapy and they get the gist eventually.

5. I really want to see my major on one of those lists

You know the ones. "Which Office Character Are You According To Your Major". I guess I'm going with the education major because that's the closest.

6. What would happen if they cut my program?

There are few Universities that provide my program, so I'm screwed. Also I can't just jump from one program to another-- I joined this specific major for a reason! Where would I go?

7. It would be so much easier if my major was ordinary

Why don't I just give up and become an education major? That way I would know what my college of study even is!

8. I want to do internships but I can't find any programs

Job shadowing is easier because there's usually people who work in the field you're perusing, but there usually aren't clear internships specifically for your major. I want to go to Disney or work at Denso, but how is that going to help me teach kids how to speak properly?

9. Am I cheating on my major if I join organizations that aren't specifically my major?

Because there are NO clubs for my major, is it really that bad if I join clubs for English majors or Journalist majors? I'm just gaining experience, no harm done.

10. Seriously, I just want to be recognized that my major is a thing...

That's it. Just acknowledge that I'm here. Please.

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6 Things I Didn't Really Need in My Freshman Dorm, And 6 Things I Wish I Brought Instead

I promise you, being Pinterest-worthy just doesn't make sense in a dorm.
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As I packed up my dorm room and unpacked it all once I got home, I kinda felt stupid. I moved in with 2 cars full of stuff (yes, I know how extra that sounds and yes, it was indeed that extra) and I didn't end up needing half of it. Now, I'm swimming in stuff I need to get rid of while holding on to the stuff I didn't realize I would need and ended up buying mid-year. No matter how much you think you know everything, first-time dorm residents, please listen.

6 things I DIDN'T need but swore I did

1. All my personal books

I mean, I'm an English major and I love to read, but no one, and I mean no one, A) has free time and B) uses that free time to read in college.

2. Keurig

There's a coffee shop I can use my cafe credits at on my way to class. I never woke up early enough to brew my own coffee, and I never craved it bad enough in the afternoon to feel like I needed to make my own immediately. It was nice to make tea with though.

3. Dishes and Silverware/Excessive Mugs

All you need is 1 mug and a couple of water bottles. I promise you paper plates and plastic silverware are all you need.

4. An overabundance of office supplies

I didn't use all those fancy office supplies in high school, so as much as I love them, I have yet to reach for them in college.

5. T.V.

The T.V. I had was only slightly bigger than my laptop screen and the wifi at my dorm wasn't good enough for streaming. I hardly used it, but I know others used theirs a lot. Just a personal preference!

6. Tons of wall art

I totally believe wall art has the power to make a dorm room feel less institutional, but I wish I had brought more pictures from home to make my room personal. Pinterest dorm rooms just aren't real, and they aren't what you want when you're homesick.

6 things I wish I had bought before school started

1. ID Lanyard

I personally love these ones from Vera Bradley , but honestly, any way you can carry your ID, money, and keys all in one is a life changer.

2. Earplugs / Eye Mask

Dorms are loud even during quiet hours and sometimes your roommate stays up later or gets up earlier than you do. Amazon couldn't ship these to me fast enough.

3. Wireless Headphones/Earbuds

Personally, I'm an earbuds girl, but either one does the trick. It's nice to not have to deal with cords and to be able to connect to any of your devices without an adapter.

4. Laptop Shell/Stickers

Almost everyone ends up ordering stickers to put on their laptop to express themselves to those around them. On a practical level though, you're probably going to have the same laptop as 5+ other students in your lecture and you will probably throw your laptop in a bag and run at some point. A shell and some stickers will provide more protection than you realize. Check out RedBubble for some great options.

5. Small vacuum

This is especially important if you get a rug. Sweeping is not pleasant, and the vacuums at your dorm are probably older than you are.

6. Pictures from home

Like I said before, wall art isn't going to comfort you when you want to go home. A picture of your dog or best friend sure will though.

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Roommates Can Be Difficult So It's Best To Lead By Example

Sharing common areas doesn't seem too bad until someone always has company, or the dishes aren't getting washed, and food is being left in the fridge for too long, or the trash constantly keeps getting piled up.

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I currently live with two other females in a three bedroom, three bath apartment. It sounds like there should be enough room but it feels cramp as the days go on. Sharing common areas doesn't seem too bad until someone always has company, or the dishes aren't getting washed, and food is being left in the fridge for too long, or the trash constantly keeps getting piled up.

The best thing you can do is be mindful about the mistakes that you make as a roommate yourself. If problems are occurring in your house, it is best to come together as a house and discuss the problems. Having an honest and open communication is the best way to live with other people even if you aren't friends. It is about respecting each other and our boundaries as individuals.

My advice for anyone living with a roommate is to keep the common areas clean and be mindful about the company you have and what time they come over. I believe that when cooking or using dishes in the house, you should clean up after yourself including washing dishes and wiping counters.

The fridge should be cleaned out by each person following each week so that there is enough space in there for everyone's food. Also when it comes to taking out the trash, it is best to take it out when it gets full no matter who put the most trash in it.

Living with other people is very cost efficient. It can be a great thing when roommates are like minded. The key to being the best roommate is being the most mindful person you can think of.

Being a roommate isn't easy, sometimes you don't feel like cleaning right then, or taking the trash out but you have to remember that you share the space with another person/people.

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