Do I ditch one of my majors, and which one?
May 4, 2014 8:53 AM Subscribe
Do I ditch one of my majors, and which one? I am an older (54 today!) student, having returned for a 3rd try at my bachelors after 25 years. I am now completing my junior year, and plan to graduate a year from now, in spring '15.
posted by primate moon to Education (20 answers total)
When I returned I continued with my old major of Anthropology, biological anthro to be precise. After a semester I decided to add a 2nd major, Women's Studies. Because I added WS so late, my last two semesters will consist entirely of the required 6 WS courses and the required 4 anthro courses to fulfill both my majors. This means my last year will require me to take 5 courses for each of the remaining 2 semesters. That feels like too much to me. Too much pressure, too much work. At first, I thought of dumping my anthro major and changing it to a minor, for which I have already met all the requirements. But talking to the anthro department secretary I admitting my sadness at this idea, saying that I felt like part of my identitity was as an anthro major. I mean, it's not like I'm gong to BE an anthropologist without multiple (or any) graduate degrees. I just love the field. She talked me into re-upping my anthro major. She urged me to take a couple of summer classes this coming summer, and maybe a class during the winter session next year to alleviate the pressure. I don't have the money to take classes other than during the two main semesters. By the way, I have all the credits I need to graduate, I'm now dealing with fulfilling my required major credits.
I rely completely on federal loans (I'm unemployed) which will not cover summer or winter (meaning the very short period between fall and spring semesters) classes. I MIGHT get work this summer, fully intend to look hard, but the prospects of a summer job for a "grownup" aren't great. I do bookkeeping work. If I did get summer work, I could pay for the summer course(s), but I can't be guaranteed. That would mean registering for a class or classes and hoping I get work so I can pay for it, but maybe not. Then I'd be stuck with a bill I can't pay, which may affect being allowed to attend classes in the fall.
This is all makes me question the point or advantage of two majors or a major with a minor. In the real world, does it matter? Does one gets "points" for the extra work? I know I'm not going to grad school. I'm hoping to get work doing program management in the nonprofit world, hopefully in women's health. So, is there a good reason to keep on with two majors? If not, I'm tempted to drop the Women's Studies, since it's so new and I'm not nearly invested as much. But would a WS major look better to potential employers, as opposed to anthro?
It doesn't help that I'm sitting here at the tail of a week of flu and my head is just useless right now. I'm feeling panicky and anxious about all the work in the week ahead as well as planning for the short-term and long-term.