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Double major in theatre and English AND work enough hours AND have time for a relationship

ashlynemcchesneyashlynemcchesney Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
Im thinking of double majoring in ENGLISH secondary education and THEATRE with an emphasis in DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY. I want to know how bad the work load will be, including the required extracurricular for theatre majors, and if there will be enough time to work 20+ hours, and maintain a long distance relationship where my significant other lives two hours away. please, this is very important to me.

Replies to: Double major in theatre and English AND work enough hours AND have time for a relationship

  • 1kyellowdaisies1kyellowdaisies Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    I don't think so...A double major like that will have little overlap unless I am mistaken, and with work alongside of your schooling, your free time will be VERY minimal.
  • ninakatarinaninakatarina Registered User Posts: 579 Member
    Nonsense, I think it's doable. Shakespeare classes could count for both, writing and playwriting classes could count for both. It really depends on where you go. I would study the various course catalogues for your top choices, and also look at places that let you design your own major.
  • juilletjuillet Super Moderator Posts: 11,916 Super Moderator
    The counting for both thing won't really matter so much; for regular double majors, as long as you arrange your classes and plan carefully you won't have to take more classes than anyone else who's not a double major. You will just have fewer free electives than single majors, which is fine if that's what you want.

    What's really going to eat into your time is the fact that you chose two majors that both have extra work/requirements.

    1) For an education major, you actually have to finish all of your coursework in one less semester than everyone else because your last semester is usually spent student teaching. Most education majors also spend some hours in the classroom before they get there, too, so on top of your regular coursework and work requirements you will also need to spend time volunteering and observing in classrooms.

    2) For theater majors, usually there are requirements - or at least very strong recommendations, but I think they are almost always requirements - that you participate in at least one student production a semester or year. The design and tech work you will do for productions will take time outside of class, and usually gets progressively more time-consuming as you get closer to the end of the semester when the productions are happening. You may also have to do a senior tech project, which will clash unpleasantly with the student teaching.

    Double majoring when you are an education major is very difficult, especially if you want to finish in the classic four years. I would consider dropping to a minor in theater, and also cutting back on the number of hours you plan to work (10-15 is more than enough for a full-time college student; more than 20 is going to make your life insanity).

    Long-distance relationships are usually less time-consuming than regular ones, but the other issue with them is that your time together is usually compressed into chunks that you have to take away. So instead of spreading seeing each other out maybe three days a week or something, you are instead maybe taking a weekend here, fall break there, a week over the holidays here. If you have too many competing interests you will be spending your free time trying to catch up on everything. You'll leave yourself in the unenviable position of "Crap, I really wanted to visit Sonya this weekend but I am so behind on my set design and the production is in three weeks" or "Oh man, I wanted to spend fall break with Sonya but I can't because I have to make up some hours I missed." So give yourself some breathing room so that you can have the time to take a weekend away to visit your SO. You also need time for phone/Skype calls.
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