Why I am Pursuing Two Majors
When I first started college, I thought I would pursue an Engineering major. And so with the overflowing energy of a first-year student, I got started with the prerequisites as soon as I stepped foot on campus—and quickly changed my mind. I realized that Engineering, though interesting, was not my passion. I needed to find what I truly enjoyed, and decided to use the second half of my first year of college to experiment with different subjects. I tried it all—English, Economics, Neuroscience, Biology, Computer Science, Government—and finally figured it out.
After much thought, I decided to pursue a double major in Economics and Computer Science. I'll admit, double majors do make college life a little harder. Even though I am a first-year, I have to plan out my major classes for the next four years to make sure I can fit in the Distributive Requirements, a set of courses needed to graduate, and my study-abroad term as well as its prerequisites. It took a while to get things sorted out, and I needed quite a bit of help from my Undergraduate Dean, but it worked out in the end.
So, why am I pursuing two majors? Well, I just really, really like Economics and Computer Science! Economics, though technically STEM, deals mostly with people—their behaviors, patterns, and how they make decisions—while Computer Science is a puzzle which, when solved, shows you how modern technology works, and how we can use it to innovate. Both subjects are fascinating, and I am excited to explore them.
Dartmouth makes it relatively easy to double major—many schools only allow students to take courses within their major's department. The liberal arts are different, and actually encourages students to study topics outside of their comfort zone so they can receive a holistic education. So, if you have many passions, Dartmouth might just be the right place for you.