The first time (and only time) I visited St. Lawrence, I fell in love. Not only with the atmosphere of campus and the community but also the opportunities that St. Lawrence has to offer. One of the things I was most excited about on my visit day at St. Lawrence was learning about the liberal arts education.
As I've spent more time taking classes in many different departments, I fell in love with the psychology and performance and communication arts (PCA) departments. At the end of my sophomore year, I declared as a psychology and PCA double major. After many meetings with my advisor (and there were many!), I made the decision not to study abroad. Although many St. Lawrence students go abroad, not everyone does, and that's okay. I have had so many great opportunities not only academically but in every other aspect of my life here.
Almost 40 percent of St. Lawrence students either have a combined or double major. That’s the great thing about a liberal arts education! You would be surprised at some of the combinations of majors – one friend of mine is a biology and film double major. Being a double or combined major at St. Lawrence allows you to integrate multiple interests. And even though I chose not to study abroad, I feel I have still gotten a wide-ranging and worldly education through my double major.
I came to St. Lawrence without a clue of what I wanted to do in the future. I took a diverse course line up my first three semesters before I found classes that really piqued my interest. I chose my double major because I love helping people and I have always wanted to understand more about what makes people do what they do. In psychology, there is a debate between nature and nurture– is it a biological factor or environmental factors that help us develop into the people that we are? With my psychology and PCA double major, I have the opportunity to learn both the biological and social ways in which people develop.
My double major has opened up some great opportunities. I’ve been able to work as a research assistant with a psychology professor in a current study that was published. I have also connected with multiple alumni from both the psychology and PCA Departments and interned with an alumnus in their university’s Career Services office!
I’ve also been able to dedicate more time to groups that I’m a part of on campus. Two that I’m most proud of is being an Orientation Leader and being the Business Director of the Singing Sinners. I have had the chance to grow close to peers, professors and other members of the St. Lawrence community.
St. Lawrence grants so many opportunities to its students whether they are on campus, in New York City, or across the pond. You only have four years in college and it's up to you how you spend them -- the great thing about St. Lawrence is you will have a great experience and will cherish it forever.