A second major? Yes or no that is the question…

Full-time studying two majors is nothing extraordinary today. Everyone knows at least a few people that mix studying different subjects, at various faculties, and sometimes even universities. Is that all so easy?

Two years ago the number of ‘’two-majorers’’ reached its top, owing to the amendment of the act of the tertiary education, that states that ‘’the fee for education at full-time subjects, if these are studies in the second or further subject in the full-time form, concerns people admitted to these studies after October the 1st, 2012’’.  After this amendment occurred, a lot of people that had earlier been contemplating making such a decision have given in to this impulse and entered recruitment. At present, despite the fees, still a large amount of people chooses this solution, especially those who meet the terms of being situated in the 10% of the best students at their ‘’1st major’’, thanks to which they do not have to pay for the second one. There are as many supporters of studying two subjects as there are the opponents of it. It all depends on the point of view and the knowledge of the topic. Below is enclosed my subjective juxtaposition of the pros and cons of studying two majors. It has been created basing on my own experiences as well as my friends’ ones, that have ventured joining two majors.

Advantages:

  1. Acquiring the skill of time management
    It is common knowledge that the more issues we have to handle, the better we have to plan our time. Not rarely, one comes across a person studying two subjects that works, is a volunteer, or is taking additional courses, e.g. lingual or pedagogical. Sometimes the fact that it is possible to do so many things within 24 hours bewilders other people. Initially, facing so many duties may prove difficult, but after some time one gets into a rut, and combining a lot of activities becomes less and less problematic. Therefore, it is not worth giving up at the very beginning, especially when you are certain that the second major gives you something that you are looking for- not only the knowledge but also the possibility of acquiring practical social abilities or experiences.
  2. Self-improvement
    As a reason for choosing the second subject a fraction of people points the will for development and self-improvement. It is obvious that learning at 2 majors, especially such that are completely different from each other, consumes far more energy than studying one subject but it gives the possibility of looking more objectively and multidimensionally at a lot of matters. It is easier to understand the world or another person when one is able to look from various perspectives. Additionally, studying subjects similar to each other in some part, one can expand or complete one’s knowledge.
  3. Greater possibilities at the job market
    "The humanists’’ are driven by this motivator the most often.  There are a lot of humanistic subjects that presently do not provide a chance of finding a job but they may in return be very interesting for a particular student. In such a situation, students choose the second major which is opening them the door to finding a job after graduating. If such a subject lies in the area of interests of the student, then everything is all right. On the other hand, it is not worth venturing to study something that will solely result with a strive in order to get a job as it can take its toll not only on our health but will also take back our will for future education, and learning without pleasure will never bring commensurate  results with studying questions that are interesting for us.
  4. More acquaintances
    While studying two majors, one certainly meets by far more people, especially when the one studies at two distinct faculties. Having a lot acquaintances, often completely differential, forms not only a possibility of acquiring the skill of co-operating with people of various personalities or a more abundant social life, but also a bigger number of future ‘’vocational’’ contacts that may turn out necessary after graduating.

Disadvantages:

  1. Double exam session
    The amount of colloquiums and exams doubles; consequently, the amount of learning doubles. Sometimes it is hard to fit in the prescribed first terms but of course it is possible to realize it, if only one has not got two exams the same day. The difficulty of passing the exams also depends on the aspects of the associate deans and the people giving classes and lectures. A great part of them is inclined towards supporting the students who take a several exams day after day and lets them pass the exams in another term(reintroduction of the first term in the retake session, passing the material with a group of evening or extramural studies), but unfortunately not all the lecturers act this way. Passing such a session is a challenge, but the satisfaction after passing all the exams is surely worth all the row.
  2. Frequent problems with the lecturers
    It is perhaps the biggest trial of the students of two subjects. Although the majority of lecturers understands that studying two majors is always connected with some inconveniences, such as overlapping of classes or exams, one additional absence exploited, sometimes there come about people for whom a second major is an unnecessary conceit and do not at all make the already complicated life of the student easier.

Summary

Before making a decision of studying two subjects one has to contemplate all the pros and cons and wonder whether the other major is really needed and if so, what for. Such a serious reflection over the situation at the beginning may often protect from later disappointments. It is also worth peeking at the candidate’s website:

http://kandydat.us.edu.pl/komunikat-mniszw-w-sprawie-odplatnosci-za-drugi-kierunek-studiow

http://www.nauka.gov.pl/komunikaty/komunikat-w-sprawie-odplatnosci-za-drugi-kierunek-studiow.html

translation: Weronika Kaminska

 

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