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Pizza’s Kitchen

By Emily Pizza

Declare Your Major, Not Your Career 

The banquet hall was filled with anxious-faced students wielding pink papers and looking at the tables with familiar faculty members passing out candy.

While you may really like English, Physics seems really cool too, but you know you can’t manage both and study abroad.

You decide to take the jump and get an English professor to sign your sheet. Sporting your yellow “I declared!” sticker, you slide a piece of candy off the table and leave with a slice of cake, stuffing down the worried feelings about the future.

Declaration of Major Day is great, considering all of us sophomores know what we’re doing with the rest of our lives.

Not.

While there are some students who know exactly what they want to do after college, a lot of us don’t. Don’t fret, sophomores, that pink piece of paper does not determine the rest of your college life.

Although Kalamazoo College does not keep track of how many of their students change majors, National statistics show that 50-70 percent of students change their major at least once during their college years. So don’t worry if you’re unsure; odds are, the person next to you is too.

Changing  your major isn’t a difficult process either. Just go to the Registrar’s Office and fill out a form and make sure you’ve checked out the requirements. How simple is that?

Not only that, but a major doesn’t determine the great job you’ll be telling everybody about at the 20-year Homecoming reunion. National statistics also say that 50 percent of graduates do not pursue careers related to their major.

You can major in Anso and still be a doctor (as long as you take all of the pre-med requirements). You could also study biology and become a poet! Who doesn’t love a poem about bacteria cultures?

Also, keep your eyes and ears open because your dream job may not even exist yet! Some sources estimate that 40-60 percent of future jobs have yet to be created. So if you still feel like you haven’t found your calling, don’t settle for something you’ll hate. Who knows, maybe you’ll create your own job.

Still lost? You have an advisor for a reason. Make an appointment with them and talk about what classes you love and which ones you don’t. Maybe getting another perspective on your interests will help steer you in an unexpected direction.

Moral of the story, study what you love, and the career will come to you. Don’t fret, sophomores, everything will work out in the end.

 

K- Walking: Sophomores, How much do you love K?

By Ogden Wright

Drawing on inspiration from sketch “Jay Walking” on the popular night time television show “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “K walking” will serve as our weekly feature where we ask students from our campus community a series of questions, with the intention of eliciting their opinions and gauging the mood on campus with respect to the questions asked.

From Declaration of Major Day, which occurred this week, to the countless study abroad opportunities and everything else in between, it goes without question that sophomore year is an eventful time for students at Kalamazoo College.

Given their experiences thus far, and the ones they will continue to have as a result of attending K College, I asked a handful of sophomores what they enjoy most about coming to this institution. Below are some excerpts from those conversations.

“Probably the people I’ve met here, I really enjoy them. It’s a completely different array of people than who I would have met back home.”

“So far, I like the opportunities we have like the externships and internships, just all of the opportunities they give us to succeed, especially in the health sciences career path. There are so many resources that they give us. I really enjoy a lot of the people especially, here, it’s so close-knit that I’ve made such beautiful friendships that I’m happy about. ”

“I like that there is so many different kinds of people for how small it is.”

“I love the professors and students here. Everyone is very personable here, and it feels like a close-knit community.”

“That sense of community that people do care about you.”

“Not the code of conduct…that’s for sure.”

“The part I really appreciate the most about K is the academics. Not gonna lie, I really feel like I’m learning here.”

“I like the people at K, that’s the truth I guess.”