Congratulations for almost finishing your first semester as IAC freshmen! You’re on the home stretch! As you finish your semester, you might be looking ahead to what is to come during your time at Tech. For me, looking ahead is scary. I’m still unsure about what I want to do during college and in my life. But, luckily for us Ivan Allen-ers (I’ll think of a better nickname next time…), we have SO many options for things like classes, majors, minors, and internships.
However, it’s normal to look around at your friends who are engineers and feel a little less structured or even behind. With most Ivan Allen majors, you have a lot of freedom about which classes to take and when to take them. For our engineering friends, it’s pretty set-in-stone. Calculus first semester. Physics second semester. Co-op second year. While it could be nice to have everything laid out, I’m a big fan of being able to dictate my own education. Freedom isn’t bad. I would rather take Hispanic Literature instead of the Hispanic Drama class. With my major, I can choose to do so. INTA majors: if you want to take one INTA elective before another, you can do that. If you really loved one Economics professor, ECON students could take all three of their ECON electives with that same teacher.
A few of our majors give students the opportunity to have cluster electives. With those, you can uniquely tailor your major to something that you really enjoy. If you’re an ECON major and you really enjoy international affairs, but you aren’t sure you want to switch to EIA, you can take your cluster electives in INTA classes. You can also take classes that aren’t even in the IAC. Maybe you’re an ALIS major and have fallen in love with Computer Science or Biology. You can still get our prestigious Liberal Arts Degree, but you can mix it with something else that you’re interested in.
So, don’t be afraid when all of your second year engineering friends are interviewing for internships at Delta. You can wait until your third year and intern at the Capitol. The possibilities are endless in the Ivan Allen College. You can write your own story. Don’t follow the crowd.