Front cover of the book "The secret Life of Plants" with a mug of hot chocolate beside it.

How the Breadth Requirement Made Me Change My Major

Ah, the dreaded breadth requirement strikes again! As someone who’s changed my major way too many times (technically five times - oops) I was not too happy to learn that I needed to take on more courses in order to fulfill the breadth requirement. By the middle of second year I realized I had increasingly less space for electives and was pretty annoyed that I was at this amazing university with all these course options and was being forced to take science of all things (especially when I thought I was done with it in high school). I could make a whole list of courses I wanted to take, none of which were science based (the area I needed to fulfill for breadth). Postcard of a woman, a mug of hot chocolate, and an open book. Anyway, long story short, I signed up for ENV200 (Assessing Global Change: Science and the Environment) because it would fulfill the credit I needed and I thought it could be interesting, though I dreaded that the science aspect of it would be too difficult for me to wrap my head around. Funny story, by taking this course I discovered that Environment was a subject I actually loved and that U of T offered Environmental Studies as an Arts Program (who knew?!). At the time I wasn’t too into my Book & Media Studies major (turns out, some people are really into the history of the printing press, unfortunately I’m not one of those people), so I decided to switch into Environment. And thank goodness for that!  An Environment textbook, two notebooks, and "Metamorphoses" by Ovid. I have to admit that the Breadth Requirement did indeed enrich my learning, and maybe I am a more well-rounded individual thanks to it. It forced me to take a course I would never willingly take and it ended up being great because I think I’m actually going to stick this major out!   Front cover of "The Book of Myths" beside a small notebook. At first I was afraid to take more Environment courses just because I thought I didn’t have the “science brain” for the subject. Some things come easier to others. I am a strong believer that anyone can learn a subject and find success in it. But there are certain things that are really meant for you. I already knew that Classical Civilizations (my other major, and the one I went to university with) was meant for me, but it turns out Environment fit well too. Between these two subjects I’ve found a balance; the intrigue of the past and the question of our planet’s future! Lessons learned: research options and try new things!

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