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I have never been one of those people who have their entire future planned out. I never dreamed of being a teacher or firefighter. I’ve always flown by the seat of my pants when it comes to my future. That is a big reason why I took a semester off after high school. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, and I really didn’t want to waste money trying to figure it out.
During my time off, I fell back in love with reading and decided that I wanted to go to school for creative writing. I always had a knack for storytelling and figured I would give community college a try. I discovered that I love writing and am good at it, but I also felt like I wanted to do more with my life. I had to take a lab science class to get my associate degree and decided to take Environmental Science, since everyone told me it was an easy A.
It was there that I learned I was passionate about the environment and truly terrified for the future of the Earth. I couldn’t understand why no one was concerned about the climate crisis. But I cared a lot, and that was enough for me to consider changing my major.
Upon transferring, I decided to follow my passion for environmental science and see what a Biology degree would be like. Halfway through my first semester, I discovered that I am not well suited to be a Biology major—and that is okay. I went into the program knowing this might happen. After seeking advice from professors and friends alike, I have decided that pursuing an individualized major in Environmental Journalism is the best option for me.
An individualized major is a unique option Arcadia offers for students who are passionate about or strong in multiple fields. Essentially, you create your own major. It may sound like an easy process, but you have to really want it—even I had a moment of hesitation where I asked, “Is this what I really want to do?”
Here’s how I did it:
And here are a few tips to improve your chances of getting approved: