How to Choose Academic Major According to a Yale Student
Before applying to colleges in the US, I did the International Foundation Year Program, hoping to join college in the UK. Before I did my final exams and accepted my offer from Leeds University, it struck me that I was about to ‘settle’. Not only would my academic major be mainstream but I would force myself into believing that I made the right career choice (Electrical Engineering), even though I knew deep down that mathematical skills were not an innate skill I owned, and continue to prove difficult to acquire. So I dropped out of the program, and decided to search for an academic major I was truly passionate about, and here I am, two years later, still searching.
So far, I have learned this: I just need to know how to solve the world’s problems, and just like that, I am useful. Just like that, I have purpose. I have a great deal of respect for my peers who have found what they love: those who have found the courage to tell their parents that they have lost their love for the medical world and would like to create art for the rest of their lives.
Our minds are not vessels to be filled but flames to be ignited
Socrates once stated that our minds are not vessels to be filled but flames to be ignited. I agree. But if vessels occupied our minds, they would be porous: allowing ideas to flow between each ‘vessel’ and in this case, each discipline. As I write my Immunology essay about the immunological benefits of breastmilk in allergic reaction prevention, I can’t help but think of the socio-cultural conversations surrounding this topic: feminism, public breast-feeding laws and so on.
As you choose your field of passion and where you would like to explore it, remember not to settle. Nothing, particularly knowledge, exists in isolation. Fill yourself with the diversity the world has to offer.
Check out the different disciplines Yale has to offer: http://admissions.yale.edu/majors-and-academic-programs
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