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Picking My Major

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BookRenter Andy

by bixentro

At my university, students chose a major at the end of the first semester of their sophomore year. Choosing majors came smack in the middle of final exams, so students often wait until the last minute to make their selection (not recommended). I chose Political Economy. Looking back on it now, I think it’s funny how I ended up in with my major. I started out as Classics major taking classes in Latin and Ancient Greek as well as Roman and Greek History.

I remember going to class one day early sophomore year and realizing there were only going to be 10 or 11 Classics majors, and all of them were better at Latin than I was. At that moment  I  realized I needed out of Classics. That’s right, I transferred to a major with more people out of pure cowardice. So I wandered into the registrar’s office, probably having given my major not much more thought that day than you can get over a bowl of Frosted Mini-Wheats, and declared Political Economy, a hybrid liberal arts major that sounded nice and academic.

Political Economy as my major was really not a dramatic decision to make.  I enjoyed all of the Politics classes I had taken. {Flashback alert} I remember one class in particular called POL 397 National Security. In addition to having a great reading list and awesome course material, it was taught by a professor who played Styx before class and made fun of people sitting in the front row. Oh yeah, and for the icing on the cake, his nickname was “the Bassmaster”. How could you not love it?

Anyway, I thought I should add a little practicality to round out my major, so I tacked on the economics. Ask BookRenter Mike about economics if you need the low down.

In the end, it shouldn’t matter too much which major you choose; if you like the subject, that’s what counts. Pick something you enjoy doing, then graduate and continue your domination of life’s challenges.

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