So you’ve been accepted to college and you’re ready to buy enough spirit wear to last a lifetime. What’s next? For most of us, the next step includes considering what major we’d like to pursue. I was one of the lucky few who had chosen a major already, and I was pretty confident with my decision in nursing. I had volunteered at a hospital for four years, I was comfortable in the hospital environment, I loved working with the patients, and I was eager about my choice. Despite all of my anticipation however, there was a piece of me that was curious about the possibility of studying English literature. I’ve been a bookworm from the beginning of childhood, and I am no less crazy about reading or writing over a decade later. The toughest part of packing for SMC was narrowing my book collection down to three boxes, and then again, to one.
I was particularly perplexed when I received my first essay assignment for the first time since being at Saint Mary’s. I was overjoyed to have a writing assignment, but it brought me back to circling around the question of which major I really wanted to pursue. So I made myself some tea and visited some of my fellow Belles to get some perspective. They gave me advice that I’d now like to pay forward to any prospective students, or even other freshman, that might be reading.
They reminded me of one of the crucially important aspects of Saint Mary’s; it is a liberal arts college, and with a liberal arts college comes the freedom to take classes from a variety of disciplines. Many of my friends are undecided themselves, but are content in the fact that they have until the end of sophomore year to declare a major. In the meantime, they’ll be taking classes that excite and interest them. They reminded me that I can use literature courses to fulfill general education requirements, compromising between my love for literature and my passion for nursing. So I left for class, renewed with happiness for my decision, grateful for my incredible fellow Belles, and hopeful for the prospect of taking literature classes when I can.