Although piles and piles of snow keep most of us inside as much as possible (hello, arctic temperatures and sheets of ice on every sidewalk), K sophomores still face a slew of decisions during winter quarter, the most prominent of which are…
- Declaration of Major Day: All K sophomores are required to declare their majors by February. We made this day, which can be a little stress-inducing, as fun as possible. I finally declared an English major and a Media Studies concentration. After stopping by the Banquet Hall to sign our declaration forms and eat some free cake, we ate a nice celebratory lunch with our new stickers proudly affixed to our jackets–and then promptly returned to studying. While it can be a little stressful to make the most important decision of your college career, fortunately it can be changed with a little paperwork in the registrar’s office and a meeting with your advisor. Plus, choosing your major and minor doesn’t mean that you’re choosing a career! I’ve declared an English major, but the diversity of careers within every major is astounding. As of now, I’m thinking about working in publishing.
- Study Abroad: The most time-consuming decision of winter quarter is definitely the decision whether to study abroad. I am choosing to stay at K for my junior year, although I’m considering some of the study away programs as well. My roommates, however, worked diligently on their study abroad applications over winter break, and received their decisions late in the quarter. It’s a little bittersweet to see all of my friends plan their years in faraway places, but I’m excited for them (plus I’m looking forward to some souvenirs). The decision not to study abroad is one that I thought about for a while, but I’m going to make the best of my junior year whether I’m on campus or not.
Making all of these decisions inspired me to think a lot about my future, reevaluate my academic path, and consider making a few changes in my extracurriculars, but they also made me very excited for my last two years at K.