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Will Adding a Second Major Kill You?

September 12, 2019
  • Will Adding a Second Major Kill You?

Written By: Winnie Richardsconsigny


Essentially, no … and yes. Will you be physically dead and buried under the Great Lawn before graduation? Probably not. But will you have more work than other people? Will you have way less free time? Will you work your butt off all year, not just during finals week? Yes, yes, and yes. Taking on a double-major is not a decision to be made lightly, but if you’re passionate about the subjects you’re studying and committed to doing the work that’s necessary to achieve that goal, it can be one of the best decisions you’ll make during your college career.

I came to Purchase as a Freshman, already declared and accepted into the Creative Writing program. That in itself helped the process a lot for me, because I began working on the requirements for that major in my very first semester. I loved Creative Writing, and I still do, but in my sophomore year I began to realize that there were certain things I wanted from my college education and more specific interests I wanted to pursue, that my Creative Writing classes couldn’t always provide me. Taking on Literature as a second major provided that for me, as well as complimented the major I was already in, in a perfect way.

I did briefly consider just taking the Literature classes that I wanted and not pursuing a major, but the reason I decided to declare was because the more Literature classes I took the more I felt connected to the entire department as a whole. I wanted the advice of a Literature advisor, I wanted to participate in department events, and I wanted to do my senior project in Literature!

Choosing to take it on was scary, and I won’t lie it’s been highly stressful at times. On an average week, I spent somewhere between 17 and 20 hours doing my homework and studying. But it has also provided me with the most specified and uniquely personalized college education I could get. I came to Purchase for a lot of reasons, but one of my big goals was to get the very most that I could out of my time here. For me that means making friends, going to parties, staying out late and waking up late, experiencing college; but it also meant getting exactly the education that I wanted, nothing less.

At the end of the day, taking on a double-major is hard work, don’t be fooled. If you’re not prepared for the commitment, I honestly wouldn’t recommend it. But if you’re committed and passionate, it’ll really be one of the most rewarding decisions you’ve made in your time here