This cartoon reminded me of my college graduation in May 1984. I began my studies at Neumann College (now University) in January, 1981 with a double major in Religious Studies and Behavioral Science. At the beginning of my senior year, I dropped Behavioral Science as a major because I couldn’t complete the requirements that year and I already planned to begin seminary studies in the fall.
I could have “settled” for a B.A. in Religious Studies, but for some forgotten reason I still thought it was important to graduate with a double major.
Since most of my elective courses were in the Humanities, my guidance counselor and I figured out a way to adjust my schedule and add two Humanities courses so that I could earn that second major.
Looking back, I have no idea why I felt the need to do that! I added a French class and set up an Independent Study in “Art: Theory and Criticism” with the Department Chair in order to complete qualifications for the “Arts & Letters” major. That meant I would have to carry a class load of 16 credits and they would all be challenging classes.
If I were to be in a college graduation cartoon, I guess my bubble would read: “She is a Student of Religion and expresses her beliefs through Arts and Letters.” That would be a pretty good description of how my studies at Neumann prepared me for a lifetime of using creative arts and writing skills in both my personal and professional life.
How have your studies helped you develop your gifts and talents? What major or majors would you choose to study if you went back to school for continuing education? Remember: It’s never too late to learn and grow.