Not All Majors Are Created Equal
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Not All Majors Are Created Equal

Some are easy, some are most definitely not.

Ever since I switched my major, I realized something that isn't exactly fair: not all majors are hard.

The one I had just switched from was a bear: I had to get help with every assignment, did okay on the tests, and found myself zoning out sometimes because I wasn't comprehending the material. With this major, I ace every assignment and test and I completely understand what's going on (partly because I knew what some of the textbooks were talking about already, as they seemed to be common sense). What gives?

Easiness of a major can really depend on how your brain works. Some people are more science minded than me, so they probably think that biology is the easiest thing on the face of the earth, where I think English is a piece of cake.

Besides this fact, the curriculum is different for nearly every major. Now some of you are probably thinking "well, duh," but hear me out: if you pick a major, you need to be willing to take the baggage (or lack thereof) that goes with it.

Science-based classes and engineering classes will almost always have a lab attached to the course, which is more time you need to take to get a good grade. English classes require more essays than some other classes, and music majors will have to most likely take a lot of personal time to rehearse a piece they need to play for their final. Sure, someone may "ooo" and "ahh" about being a teacher, but they didn't expect having a block schedule or student teaching.

For other majors, it seems like there isn't much work that we have to do at all. We have our reading discussions, weekly chats, and maybe a project sprinkled here and there, but it isn't nearly as intensive as some others.

Some students may be okay with this, and some may think that they aren't getting the most out of their major. So the bottom line is: know what you are getting into when you pick a major.

Do research into the majors offered at your school and ask your adviser about the work loads before you decide to commit. If I had done that my freshman year, it would have saved me a lot of grief hoping that my credits would carry over from another major because I didn't like it enough to deal with the work load.

Ask other classmates what they think of their majors, and think long and hard about what your limits are when it comes to schoolwork. With some, the work is absolutely worth it to you. Some are absolutely not.

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Why You Should Minor in a Foreign Language

Como se dice... bar?

Lately, the consensus has been that college majors and minors don't really matter. It's all about what you make of your degree, how you sell yourself...yada, yada. With all of this talk, minoring in a foreign language may seem like a pointless endeavor, but it's actually one the most practical (and fun) moves you can make. Many schools already have a language requirement and with just a few more classes, you can both build your resume and be able to flawlessly ask that hot Frenchie, "voulez vous coucher avec moi ce soir?"

It helps you snag your dream job
Being multilingual is a great resume builder. Regardless of the field you are in, chances are that some facet of the company or organization is international. Being the person in the office that can translate a press release from Italian or properly greet your Japanese clients is not something to be sneezed at. It's an asset that can set you apart from other applicants and translates into a direct workplace skill.

You'll travel like a native.
Studying abroad is an awesome opportunity. Wherever you decide to go, the experiences are invaluable and unforgettable. Plus, knowing the language of the country you are visiting only enhances the trip. Understanding the menu or being able to ask for directions will serve you and your travel companions well. The ability to ask locals about the best places can reveal destinations that no guidebook would be able to provide. Another bonus is that you will return from abroad significantly better at the language.

It'll grow your brain.
Knowing another language has been proven great for your brain in a lot of respects. Improved decision-making skills, easier multi-tasking, stronger memory, and better test scores are all skills associated with polyglots. Delayed onset of dementia and Alzheimer's are also linked to knowing another language, serving you well past your college years.

You get the most out of your tuition.
We've all been there. You take a class, do the reading, pass the tests and yet at the end of the course, you walk away wondering what you actually learned. Language classes are quite the opposite. Even at an elementary level, you will leave the class knowing more than when you walked in and be able to demonstrate it. Even if it's just being able to ask como esta? or read a simple sign, you gain a lifelong skill that has the potential to serve you better than Anthro 101.

It's hot.
Being an American student and accidentally responding to a Hindi conversation really freaks people out. It's awesome. Knowing a more obscure language is the most practical party trick there is. From eavesdropping on conversations on the subway to dazzling your date with your linguistic ability, knowing another language is an impressive skill and a great confidence booster that can be used for both good-and mischief.

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College Majors As The Levels Of Upper Hell In The Inferno

Dante was probably just a miserable undergrad.

As college students, most of us have had to read Dante's Inferno at some point. It probably seemed boring, confusing or irrelevant. That's where you'd be wrong.

How many times have you, and the people around you at school, compared the experience of college with the worst part of the alleged afterlife? See? It's not so different, is it?

In fact, I think each college major very closely resembles a level of the Inferno as Dante described it. Allow me to explain:

Limbo: the Undeclared/Liberal Arts majors
These are the poor bastards who have no direction, neither academic purpose nor enough apathy to drop out. They're stuck with all the possibilities of where they could take their education while they stress about their student loans.

The Lustful: Double majors
Like the horndogs of the Inferno, double majors are constantly tossed around by the academic hurricane they have earned themselves. No peace, never being able to set their feet on solid ground, they're always doing something for one of their courses of study.

The Gluttonous: Business majors
In the Inferno, the gluttonous are constantly drenched in heavy rain and tormented by Cerberus. Likewise, the Business majors I know are always being pounded with new statistics, techniques and data from the real world of business strategies. Their Cerberus is the ever-looming need for a kickass internship.

The Avaricious and The Prodigals: Philosophy majors
These groups of unfortunates are doomed to go in opposing directions pushing major schools of thought--um, I mean, pushing big rocks--until they collide with one another. For eternity. Add to that the fact that Pluto, the representative for this level, makes no sense whatsoever, and you have a perfect portrait of the Philosophy course of study.

The Wrathful and Sullen: Pre-law and Law students
In the world of the Inferno, the wrathful are partially submerged in filthy, slimy water, while the sullen are completely submerged. If that doesn't perfectly describe the progression from pre-law to law school (or from a preview of misery to misery itself), I don't know what does.

And that's just the topmost region of Dante's hell. I care about you guys, so I won't go any further, but I'm betting you'll never see your major the same way again.

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Things To Consider Before Doing Honors

Is it worth it?

Congrats! You've worked your ass off your first three years of college, and you got invited to participate in honors! No sarcasm -- pat yourself on the back for that one because lord knows college can be a stressful, anxiety-inducing four years when it comes to the classroom. Who am I kidding, and the social aspect too.

But when it comes to actually accepting and doing honors senior year... is it worth it? Granted, every department and university has different procedures for honors, but more or less you're inevitably going to be dedicating a serious amount of time to writing a thesis and preparing a defense. Yikes.

Despite having two majors and two sports, I decided to do honors my senior year. While I'm glad I did it and *somehow* survived, there are things that I wish people had told me to consider before I took the plunge.

Things to consider before applying to Honors:

Are you already overcommitted?
I'd say about half the people who did honors in my major were largely there because they're natural overachievers that want to participate, full potential, in pretty much every activity possible. That's great! But when you have a thesis that requires hours and hours of research, you're not going to have that much time to do all your passions.

Are you part-time?
Literally the ONLY reason I was able to complete my thesis was that I was part-time my second semester, freeing up my available time to stay in the library for hours on end.

How important is having a social life?
You laugh, but this is serious! Especially when you get to second semester senior year and you're just READY to throw the towel in.

What's your reason for doing it?
Are you doing it only to get that "Honors" printed on the diploma? Or worse: because your parents said you should? You're gonna have to cut the cord eventually, might as well start with this one. Plus, I've found that having that "Honors" tagged to the front of my degree really hasn't helped at all in the job department.

Are you passionate about your topic?
You will be living and breathing your research topic. In order to not go insane your final year of college, either from boredom, frustration, or a combination of the two, you have to be doing research on something that genuinely interests you. Otherwise, what's the point?

Are you self-disciplined?
When your friends are all rallying around you to go out, complete with shots being shoved directly in your face, are you STRONG ENOUGH TO RESIST?! To say no and stick to your schedule? Because no one will be there to parent and enforce the deadlines every week.

While these sound like a bunch of negatives, and I definitely had a very sleep deprived second semester, I'm so glad I decided to do honors. It's an incredible achievement and self-rewarding in many ways. Plus, you'll come out an expert in your topic, and that's pretty damn cool.

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Four Types of People You'll Encounter During Group Projects

Spoiler: You're probably one of these.

Throughout your college career, there will be various points where you will find yourself teaming up with other classmates to collaborate on a group project or deliver a presentation. In doing this, you're bound to cross paths with these various personalities.

The Overachiever: This is the individual who needs that A, even though everything they've handed in at this point has been given an A. This leads to at least a few group members back-talking, sometimes a few loud arguments, and The Overachiever often takes matters into their own hands.

The Lazy Camper: They don't do anything of value and what they do contribute usually requires a reworking. The Lazy Camper is normally apathetic and keeps quiet, other than to add a few one-syllable comments that they may feel add to the project: "Yeah," "Sure," and "Good" are some of the more common ones. This group member almost always hates The Overachiever, who may or may not try to convince the group's teacher to fail The Lazy Camper.

The Average Joe: The Average Joe believes that they are putting just the right amount of work into their project. Not too little, not too much. Who cares if the presentation on early 20th century psychology could be a few minutes longer or offer a little more on Freud's later years? A 'C' is still a passing grade! They may try to defend themselves. This can send The Overachiever into extreme panic mode, and The Lazy Camper tends to hate this group member for their smug attitude.

The Team Leader: The Team Leader is most often The Overachiever (due to their natural assertiveness and take-charge attitude), but in rare circumstances, The Lazy Camper might step up to take this role. This can be because they haven't contributed much and wish to make up for not contributing, but it can also be because they want to deceive their teacher into believing that they did their fair share. Regardless of who they are, The Team Leader does not take "No" for an answer.

There may be other personalities which arise over the course of group collaborations, but there is no doubt that these four are the most common... which one are you?

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If Hunger Games Characters Had College Majors

Katniss is for sure a nursing major.

Sometimes college can feel like the Hunger Games. Only difference is that in college, everyone is just trying to survive and very few people are ready to slit your throat for a ____. But what would our favorite characters major in if they were thrown into the American college system?

Katniss Everdeen - Nursing
While we love this feisty heroine, we can admit that Katniss is a little crazy. And so are nursing majors. Katniss takes on an entire government and society and nursing majors take on clinical, high-pressure classes, and late night coffee/study dates. (Which is pretty much the same thing.) After analyzing the situation and panicking for a brief moment, Katniss gets right down to business and conquers the task at hand. She's lovable, but we often question her mental stability.

Peeta Mellark - Art
Peeta is probably the most sensitive and romantic character in the series. He lets everyone know his feelings for Katniss right off the bat, and isn't afraid to let the world know that she is the love of his life. Plus he can paint like no one's business. At any given moment, his mind is probably in a field of flowers, composing poetry, and dabbing paint on a canvas.

Gale Hawthorne - Environmental Studies/Biology
Like most biology and environmental studies majors, Gale is passionate. He knows that climate change is real and is passionate about making a difference. (He convinces you to make a difference with him.) He is more likely to be found knee-deep in a stream collecting microbial samples than in the library. Plus, look how happy he is in nature!

Primrose Everdeen - Pre-med
This one was pretty obvious. Prim took an early interest in the medical field, helping her mother and then the rebellion patch up all the young men hell-bent on revolution. When someone is in need, Prim is the first one there to help without any concern for herself. It's that kind of selfless care for others that... well, you know... is her demise, but she will live forever in our hearts.

Effie Trinket - Public Relations
Not only does she always look fabulous, but she wants you to look spectacular. Throughout the games, Effie strove to keep Katniss and Peeta in the favor of the public and President Snow. When her two tributes made a mess, she was there to help pick up the pieces. And she was always proud when they made themselves (and her) look good.

Haymitch Abernathy - ?
Haymitch would be the student that is always on campus but you never see him in classes. Is he a student? A bum? No one knows for sure. But one thing you can count on is that he will be there on Friday night to turn up after a long week. Plus, he has a nice smile when he shows his teeth, so you'll keep him around.