With two weeks over, the semester is really underway, and I’m glad to say I’m actually managing to be productive. Aside from staying more-or-less (mostly more) on top of my readings, I applied to a study abroad program and did most of the work needed to switch my major. “Switch your major?!” you say? “Aren’t you the girl who panicked and hid under a table when she realized she had to choose a major in the first place?” And you’d be right to be incredulous, because there’s little that I hate more than change, and little I find more stressful than things related to my major/minor(s).
But last week, my wonderful and semi-famous Linguistics adviser told me that according to my plan for the next two years, I was only one credit away from having a degree in ling. Unfortunately, this sent me into a tailspin of major-anxiety, because Swarthmore doesn’t allow people with double majors to minor in anything, and I didn’t want to drop my Religion minor. But after consulting with Sarah, the chair of the Soc/Anth department, my adviser, mentor and overall Wonder Woman, I realized that I could special major, by designing my own degree in Linguistic Anthropology. It’s the area of anthropology that I’m most interested in anyway, and it allows me to take classes I’m interested in, skip one that I’m less enthused about, and have a degree that recognizes the three areas I’ve spent so much time on. I worried for a while that it’s too flaky for graduate schools, so I went back and asked her what she thought about that, and she assured me that she’s seen about 15 students through special majors, and all got into grad school. Succumbing to the temptation to be a snob, I said, “But, uh, reputable grad schools, right?” “Do you consider Princeton reputable?” she asked, smiling. So that pretty much settled it– the classes I would take for it are really the ones that would make me happiest, and even if I don’t go to Princeton or Harvard or Northwestern for grad school, I feel pretty sure now that I’ll go somewhere.
As for study abroad, the whole situation still makes me nervous, but it’s such a fantastic opportunity, I really can’t pass on it. But as long as my application’s in the mail and hasn’t been approved, I don’t really want to write about it for the world… seems like it would jinx it.
Here’s to hoping I can keep up my productivity this week!