I began my education at Plymouth State as an Environmental Science major. Before I even started my first semester as a transfer junior, I wasn’t sure this was the right choice for me. I came to the school to ask a few professors what they thought, and told them my interests. They told me I’d be better suited for environmental biology, since it pertains more to biology than general science. I was more hopeful, however, a bit skeptical looking at the list of classes I had to take. Were they really going to help me achieve my ultimate goals? At the time, I wish I had know about IDS. I didn’t even know it existed until the end of my first semester. By that time, I had already been taking classes that I felt were useless and didn’t contribute at all to my future career. It wasn’t until a fellow classmate told me about how next semester, she would be creating her own major. I didn’t even know that was possible. I wondered if I could, too. Maybe this was finally my chance to focus my education on a subject that I throughly enjoyed.
This semester, I am thrilled. I’m so proud of the major I have created for myself. I look at the list of classes I put together for the coming semesters, and there isn’t one I’m not excited to take. So far, I’m more excited to go to class this semester than I was in the fall. I think what I have put together will fully prepare me for my future career. I’ll have a more vast knowledge of the environment and animals that live there, and how they interact. Interdisciplinary studies is so important for students like me, who don’t feel as though they fit in with the typical majors offered. “Many complex or practical problems can only be understood by pulling together insights and methodologies from a variety of disciplines”(Nissani). For example, how can you really study a species if you don’t know anything about it’s environment? This can only be accomplished by gaining the knowledge from both subjects, which in this case would be biology and environmental studies. This is that great thing about IDS, it allows students to pull together the classes they need to become what they desire.
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