I am currently a sophomore at Drake University. I’m majoring in both environmental science and magazine media. When I tell people this I usually get the same few responses:
“Wow, what are you going to do with those?!”
“Like National Geographic!”
“Writing is always a good skill to have.”
“Those two are so different!”
And so on. My two majors are pretty different from each other. They both involve a different side of my brain and are not usually paired together. However, they mesh together perfectly, in my mind, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to pursue these fields.
How did I get here?
Growing up, I always loved math and science. They were always my favorite subjects in school, even from an early age. For most of elementary school, I thought I was going to be an astronomer. However, as I got older, I wanted to be something more creative, because growing up I also always loved art. I thought I would be a fashion designer for a good chunk of my middle school career. However, once I reached high school, I dropped this dream of mine and didn’t quite know what I wanted to be, but I knew what I liked.
While I was in the midst of choosing which college to attend, I was in two important high school classes: AP Environmental Science and Yearbook (Photojournalism). I was enjoying my environmental science class more than any science class I had been in, thus far. I had taken all the typical science classes- Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. I thought environmental science was incredibly interesting, eye-opening, and unique. It felt so real, timely, and important. People had been asking me what I would study in college, and all I knew was “something with math and science,” but this class felt like my best option, thus far. However, there was still a part of me that wanted to major in something more creative. I had been in yearbook for my junior and senior year of high school, and the class taught me more than any other. This class combined my love for photography, design, and writing, and was my favorite class in high school. For some odd reason, I didn’t even think about majoring in a yearbook-related field until the end of my senior year. When applying to colleges I only thought about science majors. However, once visiting Drake, it seemed obvious that this had to be part of my college and future career.
When I got to college, I came in as open but very quickly declared my majors within the first few months. I was very confident, and still am, about both majors that I chose: environmental science and magazine media. Today, I am still loving my majors, and the choices I have made to get to where I am. While both majors are quite different from each other, they are both so important to me. While it is tiring some days to work both halves of my brain all day long, I wouldn’t be as happy without one of them. I am dependent on both, as they each serve different outlets for me. I am able to be analytical, creative, and focus on what is important to me. I’m very grateful for my amazing education and the opportunity to study both of these things. I would tell those trying to determine what to pursue to go with whatever they are most interested in and figure out a future career later. Pick whatever you love, and don’t worry what others might say or think. If you pick two majors that don’t typically go together- who cares! You will figure out a way to mesh them together and pick a career that fits all of your interests. Things will work out in the end, no matter what major you choose.