*Editors note: This post was written just before finals week. It seems like a long time ago already, yes?
Finals week has not even begun yet, and life feels like such a whirlwind right now. Since I’ll be studying abroad next semester in Copenhagen, I guess I’m feeling a little nostalgic. I think about Sophomore-me in September, and how much has changed since then. I have grown into a more mature young woman, who is more confident in her abilities, and not afraid to take advantage of opportunities. But, I definitely could not have achieved so much all on my own. I have a whole support group of people to be grateful for. As I navigate my time here at college, I have found there to be some truly amazing individuals who are willing to help guide me on my journey.
Some of you may be curious what the result of last week’s self-designed Writing major issue is. I still am waiting for the committee to reconsider my proposal, which they will do at a meeting next week. However, in the meantime the Scripps community has shown their support for my major. After meeting with a few concerned Writing students last weekend, we wrote a petition for the Scripps community to sign in support of self-designed majors and minors, addressing some of the changes that had been proposed by the Faculty Executive Committee at Scripps. Over 400 individuals signed the petition in support of our concerns. This has been encouraging, and I am proud of how the Scripps community has come together to voice their opinions. Moreover, I am grateful to Professor Drake, because without her dedicated help, the major would not be possible. She has supported her students 100 percent of the way.
Last week, I had also had the fortune to give a tour to an editor of a major news outlet because of Rosa, a mentor I have through my job at the Office of Communication and Marketing at Scripps. While on the tour, I was able to ask questions about journalism and learn about what a job as an editor entails. This gave me a great opportunity to network for future journalism opportunities. However, I would not have been able to have such a great opportunity without Rosa’s support. Earlier this year, she also encouraged me to write articles for national media outlets including The Huffington Post. I have always known that I love to write; but Rosa taught me to not be afraid to share my writing with others and to take advantage of writing opportunities.
As I began my Sophomore year, I still was not sure if a self-designed Writing major would be right for me. My family, friends, and boyfriend all encouraged me to pursue what it was that made me the happiest. For me, that’s writing. It’s always been writing. And yet, it took me a while to be able to say with confidence: “I’m going to be a self-designed Writing major.” Through the help of others, I am not afraid of what the future has in store for me.