{ A Simple Declaration }

Like my mentor Alex, I'm excited to say I've blown the declaration trumpet.

From the first day I arrived on campus, I was greeted with the usual questions: "Where are you from? What are your hobbies? etc..." Both of these were usually followed by something along the lines of "What are you studying and/or what do you want to major in?" I've always responded with "Politics."

I came to Oberlin with the intent of studying politics. I've always been infatuated with government and social governing structures. I love engaging in political discourse, discussing top candidates and pressing legislative issues. When time came for class registration, I chose two politics courses--both of which I find very interesting and am happy to be in.

To some, declaring is a huge deal. Many wait until the very last minute to declare, taking lots of time to discern. Others have told me that they're afraid of the commitment. With my interests, the decision to major in Politics was a simple one; the process was even simpler. In my eyes, it was really just filling out a simple form.

Some look at me in awe and/or surprise when I tell them I've already declared as a first-semester, first-year student. The way I see it, though, is that I know where I want to go, and have an idea of how I'm going to get there.


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YEAH! Congratulations on declaring your politics major!

I took classes related to my major during my first semester, and it really confirmed my interest in pursuing it (though I declared at the last possible moment because I had to). What are the two politics classes you're in, and how are they influencing your decision making process for scheduling classes for next semester? The style of the class and assignments were huge in ultimately helping me make the decision.

Posted by: Ma'ayan on November 18, 2015 11:23 AM


YAY!!! Congrats as well!

I'm happy that you've found a department you like and feel like you can create a space for yourself within that space. That's fundamental and necessary.

One piece of advice that I gave a dear friend when he came in is that yes, you may still have your core passions at heart but the ways you go about living those out will evolve as you get older. He came in only wanting to be an English major and now he's Double Degree in the Con.

He grew into his passions that were so simple for him at the beginning to, I think the process of cultivating home in a major and living out the work you want to do is the tricky and rewarding part.

Also thank you for the beautiful s/o!

Posted by: Alex on November 18, 2015 9:56 PM




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