It’s true! Between my studies in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women’s, & Sexuality Studies, I am now triple majoring.
Funnily enough, this was my original plan for college. Three majors. Those specific three majors. Upon coming to to college, however, my freshman-year advisor told me that would be impossible.
Let me back up a little bit. All freshmen at my school are assigned to a special freshman-year advisor for the first one or two semesters of their time here, depending on how much college credit they arrived at Iowa with. After that, they are transferred to the advisor(s) they will see for the remainder of their college years, who will guide them through their major(s).
(I moved to my current set of advisors after my first semester of college, for example.)
So the suggestion to add another major came from a different advisor, not my freshman-year advisor. From my English & Creative Writing advisor, in fact – which may sound odd to you, seeing as how she doesn’t work in the GWSS department. But then, she’s always been great about balancing my Journalism major with my major in English & Creative Writing, so it was perfectly normal to me.
Anyway, I don’t fault my freshman-year advisor for her suggestion. At all. We didn’t know at the time that I would rack up so many semester hours, between the dual-enrollment courses I took while still in high school + the courses I was able to count as both gen eds and courses required to obtain a particular major + the summer courses I took both in Iowa in 2016 and while studying abroad in 2017.
She just wanted the best for me. Didn’t want me to be overwhelmed trying to juggle three majors. I mean, this is the same woman who successfully talked me out of my starry-eyed plans to take twenty semester hours the first semester of freshman year. (For context, I’ve taken seventeen hours the past two semesters and will take that many this fall as well, and I always feel like I’m slowly dying inside.)
So, yeah. I had accepted that I probably wouldn’t be able to graduate with three majors. I contented myself by taking as many classes related to gender, women, and sexuality as I could… in addition to doing lots of projects and writing lots of papers about those subjects in order to fulfill assignments of one sort or another. I sincerely was OK with it. I mean, I still had the rest of my life ahead of me to study those subjects on my own, or maybe even go back to school someday.
And now, as you can imagine, I’m incredibly happy to announce that I am, after all, in the process of earning a degree in Gender, Women’s, & Sexuality Studies. I look forward to seeing where these classes will take me – what I’ll learn, the friends I’m sure to make.
Are you a student in your school’s equivalent of a Gender, Women’s, & Sexuality Studies department? Have you ever added a major? Are you triple majoring, or do know anyone who has? If so, I’d love to hear from you about any one of those things!