Graduate Says Studying Two Fields has ‘Minor’ Problems

Angela Block, a recent graduate of North Central College, decided that upon entering college, she would have a major and minor. Her plans were to graduate as an English major with an emphasis on writing, and a minor in studio art.

“Those two disciplines have been my passions since I was little,” said Block in response to why she chose those particular fields. “They drive me, and I’ve always been told to go with my passions and choose something that will make me happy in life.”

Most students only study one area while attending college. Others, like Block, found it hard to pick just one field that she had an interest in. She wanted to pursue more than one. However, she had to decide which one was more important when choosing her major.

“When I was entering college, I had a career in mind and decided to place more importance on writing as it would suit my career goals.”

Some students, unlike Block, add a minor during their college career. Block always knew what she wanted to do.

“I never changed majors or minors, or had any doubts,” replied Block. “I think that is because I went with what I am passionate about, good at, and enjoy.”

When asked what the advantages are of having both a major and minor, Block said,

“I think it’s wonderful to have a full schedule and to challenge yourself in college. I also think it’s great to be educated in all your areas of interest, whether that is taking an extra class or adding a minor or second major.”

Block said another advantage of pursuing a major and minor is that it provided her with more career opportunities.

“Since I have training in two disciplines, I can pursue two different job fields.” she replied.

Block didn’t have much to say when asked about the disadvantages of having a major and minor, although she did admit that the workload was heavier. On the bright side, she didn’t find the extra homework and studying hard to balance.

“Balancing any schedule can be a challenge, but it’s all about being organized and setting/meeting goals. I think it is rewarding in the end.”

Not only did Block have a major and minor during her educational career at North Central College, she was also involved in extracurricular activities and worked. When asked if this prevented her from spending time with friends, she said,

“It did not. I was heavily involved in my college newspaper (and) held two on-campus jobs. Again, as long as you are organized and prioritize, it can be done.”

Block found that having both a major and minor in college meshed well with her desire to incorporate more than one field into her studies. As far as whether she recommends that every college student should have a major and minor? Block wasn’t so sure.

“It really depends on the student. I loved having a major as well as a minor. I think it’s wonderful to be well-rounded and have many options after graduation.”

To anyone who is entering college and planning on having a major and minor, or already has a major but is thinking about adding a minor, Block gave these wise words of advice:

“Be organized and set goals for yourself. I think it’s also important to reward yourself! It can be done, and I think it is rewarding in the end. I think it’s a good idea to work on a major or minor in disciplines that you are passionate about. You can go wrong.”

To those who already have a major and are working on finishing up college, Block suggests looking at jobs in both areas of study.

“I think it’s smart to talk to a professor or advisor in both disciplines to discuss career options.”

Don’t forget to stay positive like Block did, and good luck with your multiple studies!

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Britni Roberts

Britni Roberts

Britni Roberts is a senior at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois pursuing a degree in English Writing. She has been an Editor for the North Central Kindling humor magazine, Assistant News and Arts Editor for the North Central Chronicle newspaper, as well as a DJ and Rock News Reporter for WONC-FM 89.1, her college’s radio station. She enjoys listening to music and spending time with her friends, boyfriend, and his cat Willow.