For three years of my undergraduate career, there was always one thing that was stable: my major. Not once did I even think of changing from a Psychology B.S. , and not because I have an undying passion for it, but I really couldn’t see myself doing any other major besides Biology which would set me behind a year if I even tried to pursue it.
The balance between science classes and psychology classes felt like the perfect balance. I loved stressing about chem but being able to learn about traits and experiences that shape our behavior and mind.
While my major was stable, my choices in minors varied greatly.
I tried to see the value in minors, although it was difficult considering I was geniuinely disinterested in any minor that was mentioned. Usually for psychology, human development is the “go-to” minor since the classes are so similar to psychology.
The similarity with psychology classes did not appeal to me, in fact it made them more dull in my opinion.
So I tried to minor in Human Development last quarter, and I created a degree chart and everything. The class was about adulthood and aging, and it was absolutely fascinating.
Yet adding on another Human Development class physically pained me.
Of course I didn’t stick to that because in the end I found the similarity to psychology (lowkey) useless.
My first year I raked through the minors list, hungrily hunting for something that seemed interesting to me.
- Economics– since I enjoyed math to some extent and it seemed like a practical minor to add onto something like psychology.
- Biology- because I truly deeply enjoyed biology. Not enough to major in it, but perhaps to minor in it.
- Human Development- It made sense. Every psych major basically added it on.
- NPB- guys I truly enjoyed this class. I loved neurons for some weird reason. Only in this class though because cognitive psychology bored me to death.
So some of these minors were just simple thoughts (like economics), while other’s I genuinely took classes toward that minor (human development), and I even registered for future classes for some other minors (NPB).
I thought with NPB it was it. I was ready for the onslaught of science classes my last year, as painful as it sounded. I felt like I was excelling in this class, it was something I was meant to minor in.
It wasn’t until last Thursday when I attended a psychology panel of professionals (clincial psychologist, junior specialist etc) that I snapped.
They said their road to their specific job was a winding road, and no one really knows what to do with their lives initially. An obvious point made by so many other people in my life, but it somehow pushed me to pursue studying abroad on a more serious note.
There was a rainbow that day and a gentle drizzle of rain against an orange sky and I was so…sure.
Like I knew in that moment I wanted to study abroad and I’m going to fucking do it.
I’ve been saying it for years guys. Three years I would mention it carelessly to my friends, and now for an entire week I’ve been talking about it nonstop.
I can tell I’m wearing them down, so the long block of silence about my plans are about to ensue.
Studying abroad would be easy for me considering I only have like 3 more classes to finish my degree. I can choose any program without any consideration for the classes whatsoever.
It’s still incredibly difficult financially though. So I said great, the only obstacle I have is finance, that’s fine. I can deal with that unlike others who have to finish minors and degrees abroad.
THEN, I decided, why not add a Spanish minor? That would make so much more sense than all the other minors I’m pursuing because I LOVE Spanish, and I’m going abroad to a spanish speaking country anyway.
I took five years of it before entering college, and somehow after the AP test, I just dropped it off the face of the earth.
Is there intense regret for not starting spanish earlier? Yes and no. Life’s a journey.
Would it have been incredibly incredibly convenient to do Spanish EARLIER???
YES WHAT THE HELL.
My advisor threw some major suggestions my way.
I could have double majored in Spanish to be completely honest. And my advisor is pushing it to some extent.
He said, there’s only 5 more classes compared to the minor to become a major, so why not just major in it?
I almost fainted.
I only have one more YEAR. I don’t want to extend. I do not. I would rather do summer. (due to once again financial reasons).
I went from trying to spread out the scarce amount of psychology classes I had over an entire year because I did not want to graduate early to CRAMMING IN AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT MAJOR into one year.
Then he suggested going to Mendoza, Argentina rather than Madrid, Spain.
I almost fainted again because I was so SET on spain that I didn’t bother looking anywhere else.
There are so many options now I’m dizzy.
I honestly think I’m capable enough to do it. But it would take a lot of time and money.
My advisor was very kind and patient, although he was very skeptical with planning out my study abroad in basically a couple months.
He said they recommend at least 10 months beforehand.
But then again, I always do everything last minute. This time though, I don’t feel the doubt that usually infects my decisions. With whatever happens, I’m fucking studying abroad.
(But I’m still praying that I figure this all out and I do end up studying abroad because while I’m confident I know life happens).