What’s love got to do with it, you ask? Well, this is Valentine’s Week after all, and when it comes to majors, plenty!!
If you recall my lengthy blog post in November in which all blog-worthy rules of etiquette and brevity were egregiously violated, and in which I shared my humble thoughts about declaring the major—and even if you don’t remember it or did not read it—I opined that the major was a means to an end. Or shall we say, a vehicle for developing the scholarly, cognitive and intellectual skills and abilities—the habits of mind, if you will—that will allow you to succeed in whatever it is you choose to do after you receive your hard-earned Haverford degree. The ability to learn, to think critically, analyze, synthesize, conduct independent research, craft a powerful argument, write clearly and cogently…these are the things that will make you a valued part of whatever you end up doing.
So where does the love come in? The more you love a subject, the more you are energized and excited by it, the more you look forward to thinking, reading, and talking about it, the more you will roll up your sleeves and really dig into the work. In doing so, you will more fully develop those skills that are the purpose, indeed the essence, of a liberal arts education.
So, major in something you love.
Happy Valentine’s Day Week!