Major: Environmental Issues
Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas
What are you studying, and why is a self-designed major the right path for you?
I'm studying Environmental Issues. While general science is not my strongest subject, I wanted my major to be a study of how humans affect the environment and how the environment affects us. I'm someone who enjoys finding connections and patterns. Through my self-designed major, I have the freedom to look for connections and patterns while learning about a broad subject base of environmental, economic and social concerns.
By designing your own major, what kind of elective courses have you taken? Attending Millsaps has definitely given me great choices in the types of classes and the subject matters of my classes. Starting with The Heritage of the West in World Perspective, a liberal arts based class offered to freshman as an introduction to the study of history's politics, literature, art, music and religion, I saw how many factors interact in our society. This made me want to continue studying a broad subject base to continue to find patterns in how humans interact.
What are your plans for the future?
I am hoping to attend law school, specializing in environmental or social justice law. For future career plans, I would like to lobbying for environmental concerns. I am also interested in holding public office, some day. I think my options would still be broad if I pursued an existing major but the knowledge I hope to gain from my major will be different and more helpful to my career path.
What advice can you offer to students contemplating pursing their own self-designed major?
If you are looking into a self-designed major, I would definitely go for it. My idea for my major went through many steps and different main ideas. Think about what you are passionate about especially through service, and try to format that into an academic setting. Ask yourself how your passions can fit into your major. The answer should be your guiding idea.