By Lindsey Gallimore
College is the time to learn as many new skills as possible; and adding a minor in addition to your major or even doubling majoring is a brilliant way to do so. Here are four reasons why you should consider adding a minor or even double majoring:
1. Extra Networking
When you only have a major you are limited to one department in terms of networking. But by adding a minor you are opening yourself up to meeting numerous new professors and students. By adding a minor or major you are expanding your network and being introduced to people you never would have met otherwise. While you can successfully network within only one department, being able to network in two different departments on campus will allow you to immensely expand your network.
2. Learn New Skills
By adding a minor or another major you are gaining even more knowledge. College is the time to learn as much as possible so why not take advantage of the time and money you’re spending on college to learn as much as you possibly can. You can never learn “too much” in college, so why not gain as many new skills as you possibly can?
3. Gain Information on Specific Fields
If your major is PR and you are interested in specializing in one certain area you might want to consider choosing a minor in that field. For example, if you want to work within the music industry you might want to consider minoring in a music related program. Doing this would give you more knowledge in the field you are interested in and might set you above other candidates when it comes to finding a job/internship because you will be knowledgeable not only in PR but in the specific field of PR you are interested in.
4. Personal Growth
Finally, one of the best and possibly most overlooked reasons to add a minor or double major is for your own personal growth. Maybe your minor or double major has absolutely nothing to do with your future career choice but is always something you have been interested in. In that case, go for it! If you truly enjoy your minor, you will have fun with it and everyone should have some fun in their college career. If you have the option to take classes just for fun that will also count for credit, go for it! Maybe you won’t learn anything for your future career, but you might learn something about yourself. College is the perfect time to not only learn new skills but to also grow as a person as well.
So even if adding a minor or major won’t help your future career, if it is something you love learning about, why not go for it? What do you have to lose?
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