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How I Became an Unexpected English Major

Posted by Jack Ryan Clark on Nov 9, 2016 12:22:00 PM
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I am a famously indecisive person, in a lot of situations. I will never forget the memories I have as a kid when I would go to the store with my mother with the obvious intention to buy a video game, and those trips would last for hours because I would never be able to choose between two or more games! So by the time I was eighteen years old and ready to go to college, I surprisingly had decided on my major and was cementing a career path for myself. In hindsight, I can't believe I made that decision so effortlessly. Amazingly enough, it took me until my sophomore year to change my major because of course, I couldn't settle on my first decision! In fact, I didn't declare my major until the last day of finals week my sophomore year (which is like, REALLY late).


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I came to Lycoming College with the intention to pursue a degree in Biology and do something medical, but I had no clue what I wanted to do as a career. After two complete semesters in that department, I finally knew that science just wasn't for me anymore, even if that was what I'd been set on since I was probably a sophomore in high school. After a year of independence and gaining so much new knowledge about the world around me, I knew that I had to pursue what I loved: language and writing. I've always been passionate about the ability of words to bring people together and spread messages through articles and art forms such as novels or lyrics - and I want to be able to share my messages in a similar way.


Through multiple life-changing "epiphanies" that have occurred since my eighteenth birthday, and other "adult tribulations," I am now a declared English Literature major and couldn't be happier! But I don't think that I would have ever ended up where I am if it wasn't for everything that Lycoming college has taught me about perseverance and my own ability to be the version of myself that I want to be.


The biggest lesson that I've learned through this process is that college is a learning experience past the classroom. I really grew up in a lot of different ways during my first two years at Lycoming and my changes in interests outside of the classroom influenced my future career choices beyond what I could have learned from a professor. Luckily, Lycoming made it easier for me to grow as a student without the pressure to take a very direct schedule for a specific major as a freshman due to the amazing liberal arts program we have here, and the stellar faculty to match!


Lycoming could have the same impact on you as it did on me.  Learn more about the degrees we offer, and see if Lyco could be the right college for you!

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