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Studying Abroad or Double Majoring?!?!?!

jortizmazariegosjortizmazariegos Posts: 1Registered User New Member
edited December 2012 in Study Abroad
I am so bloody confused. Help me out?

I am currently a double major in English and Classics. I really want to study abroad in London for my entire junior year as well as maybe do a travel study program in Greece this summer. I just realized that I would either have to double major or go abroad. I don't really know what to do. I want to do both so bad! English would be my priority since I want to go to grad school for my M.A. in publishing but I like Classics so much that the idea of dropping it is seriously causing me heart palpitations.

I would be able to pursue a minor in Classics I guess but there's is also a professional editing minor program at my school that I am also interested in. Sadly, I can only apply to that before my senior year and since I want to work in publishing and be an editor, I know this would be the more logical and better choice for grad school but I am such an overachiever that I want to do it all.

Any advice on what to do? I'm so distressed right now.
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Replies to: Studying Abroad or Double Majoring?!?!?!

  • warblersrulewarblersrule Posts: 8,649Super Moderator Senior Member
    Study abroad. At the end of the day, the name of your major is much less important than the courses you take or the internships you do. Studying abroad will enrich your academic experience much more than a few extra classes in classics will.

    I don't see why you have to choose, though. Why can't you take the same types of courses abroad that you would at your home university? I double majored and had no problems studying abroad during the year.

    If you decide to study abroad in Greece, I highly recommend Arcadia's programs, CYA, or ASCSA if your college doesn't have its own programs.
  • keepittoyourselfkeepittoyourself Posts: 1,470Registered User Senior Member
    Double major. At the end of the day, college is about academics, not about vacations.
  • hey7654hey7654 Posts: 31Registered User Junior Member
    i think you should find a way to do both! there are probably many english or classics classes you could take in your year and study abroad that would count towards your majors instead of just elective credits. a double major is always hard to fill in your schedule no matter what but study abroad isn't an experience you should give up if you have the option. you could always take online classes over winter and summer breaks to catch up or even go back to school for an extra semester or year if study abroad sets you back that much. its really not a big deal if you are at school for slightly longer than four years if you are coming out of it with up to two majors and a minor! if you really love classics that much then i think you should definitely find a way to do both especially because what more of a perfect place is there to study classics besides europe!
  • keepittoyourselfkeepittoyourself Posts: 1,470Registered User Senior Member
    Why do you think that being in Europe would help to study classics?
  • intparentintparent Posts: 12,685Registered User Senior Member
    Why don't you study abroad for just one semester vs. your whole junior year? My D1 did this, and was able to double major at her college. Go talk to your study abroad office about this. Get going now, as it is easier to get into a lot of study abroad programs if you go fall term (winter/spring is a lot more popular, and some colleges limit how many students can go then). Deadlines will be coming up soon.
  • CockNotTrojanCockNotTrojan Posts: 38Registered User Junior Member
    I disagree with those who say that college is more about academics than anything else. This is the one time in your life that you can spend a full year abroad for so cheap. You will gain so many experiences outside of the classroom. You can always go back to college, but you can't be young again and have the passion or time to be abroad.
  • keepittoyourselfkeepittoyourself Posts: 1,470Registered User Senior Member
    ^ I'd say it's exactly the other way around. You'll always be able to take vacations, but you won't be able to take four years out of your life for full-time education.
  • vienneselightsvienneselights Posts: 411Registered User Member
    @keepittoyourself

    Are you sure you're qualified to advise a classics major after asking that question?

    Tbh, a double major doesnt even help. Go abroad
  • keepittoyourselfkeepittoyourself Posts: 1,470Registered User Senior Member
    @vienneselights

    Well, no I'm not sure. But I would still like an answer to the question. Since classics (at the undergraduate level, at least) involves the study of texts that are available worldwide, and it's not like you can go and immerse yourself in people speaking Latin or Ancient Greek, how exactly would it be better to study classics in Europe?

    So do you think you could give me a straight answer?
  • hey7654hey7654 Posts: 31Registered User Junior Member
    why don't you "keepittoyourself" and stop calling everyone else out?

    why wouldn't you want to study classics in a place with ruins where the civilizations you are studying actually existed rather than america where there was nothing?
  • keepittoyourselfkeepittoyourself Posts: 1,470Registered User Senior Member
    You really think that's the first time that joke's been made?

    > why wouldn't you want to study classics in a place with ruins where the civilizations you are studying actually existed rather than america where there was nothing?

    ... because it wouldn't actually help you study classics? I'm not saying it would be a *bad* thing, but I fail to see the advantage.
  • MartinMorrisonMartinMorrison Posts: 34Registered User Junior Member
    This guy 'keepittoyourself' is such an obvious troll it's amazing :)
  • keepittoyourselfkeepittoyourself Posts: 1,470Registered User Senior Member
    ^ Then it should be easy to answer the question, right?

    And who says I'm a guy, or are you just sexist?
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