Changing my Major??

Maybe.

It occurred to me all of yesterday, that I’m not really that excited about my current major. I was looking over all the course requirements I need to fulfill my major, and I really wasn’t all that excited about having to take those classes.

So I have started thinking about changing my major – and I think I’ve found the perfect fit!!
If I really am serious about becoming a translator, I believe that a comparative literature major would be more beneficial. I’ve always enjoyed English class, so I don’t think I’d find comparative literature too dull. Plus, I’ve read on some websites that comparative literature is a good major for people who want to be translators/interpreters.

I’m also thinking of picking up some more minors, to sort of create my own “translation” major. The only problem is I don’t know if that amount of work is doable in 4 years. I plan to graduate on time and don’t want to delay graduation so I can finish up minors.

But OSU offers a professional writing minor and a creative writing minor. Ideally, I’d like to do translation for poetry and prose, but that field is not as lucrative or as easy to break into as other translation fields, so having both minors would help me ensure jobs. You know, I’d have my creative writing minor because that’s what I love to do, and I’d have the professional writing minor as a backup if I couldn’t find translation jobs in poetry & prose.

But I also want to keep my Turkish minor, because you’re obviously not going to get any jobs if you have no 2nd language skills. But to me, 3 minors sounds a little excessive – and like a lot of work. Of course I didn’t come to college looking for an easy ride, but I just wonder if it’s too much??

These ideas are just that though. Ideas. I haven’t officially made up my mind yet, it is just something that has recently popped into my head. Before I make anything official, I’d want to talk to an advisor about this course load and whether it makes sense and is possible to do in 4 years.

As my boyfriend tells me, I just have to find what I’m passionate about – and other than dance, I have no idea what that is. I have lots of “little” interests, but no “big” interests, nothing that I feel super comfortable devoting my entire life to. But then, maybe I’m putting too much weight on my major.
Does your major in college really cement your future life that much??

A Changing Perspective on Dance

I don’t know if you could tell from my quickie blog post last night/this morning, but I’ve started to feel a little differently about dance.

As I’ve been preparing for orientation, I’ve started to feel that excitement for my major that caused me to choose it in the first place and dance has started to seem…less important. Reading the course descriptions of the potential classes I will take has made me so excited that I’ve started to mind less if I get to take dance classes or not. Not to mention there are so many things I want to do in college, I don’t know how dance will fit into that agenda.

Also, this is some news I have yet to share. I’m in the International Affairs Scholars program, so I’ll be traveling this year. First to Toronto, Canada and then to some unknown mystery place (rumors have been circulating that it’s somewhere in France). But with both of those trips planned, it might be difficult to fit dance into that schedule. And don’t forget about money!! These trips aren’t incredibly cheap and neither is dance – there has to be a compromise somewhere.

But I’m still going to ask about non-major dance classes when I schedule at orientation. I would still really lovely to try my hand at modern – I think it would be a perfect fit for me. But if I’m able to take non-major classes, I’d have to decide what and how much dance I’d want to take. I know I want to take modern but I’m also interested in hip hop, maybe even possibly jazz. But I worry all those dance classes might overwhelm me. Plus, OSU has a dance group that does bhangra, which is a type of Indian dance. It’s really awesome. Check Out this amazing Bhangra group on Youtube!!

As you can see, I’ve got lots of potential plans involving dance and I just don’t know which path would be better. But mainly, I’ve been feeling happier about my major choice. For a while there I was feeling kind of down because I was worried I had picked the wrong major or that I wasn’t going to be happy. But like I said last night, regardless of what I choose, dance will always be a huge part of my life and I can be certain that I will keep up with this blog.

Playing with Polls

So, I decided to start playing with the polls feature today. Here’s my first poll, and a question I’ve been thinking about for a while – but I just can’t bring myself to do it.