Why I’m dropping my Stats minor and why it even matters to talk about it
I’m guessing most people wouldn’t care about something like this but it’s taking me some courage to actually drop my Statistics minor that I haven’t really started but declared earlier this year.
So many other math majors at UCLA add on things like Stats minors or Specializations in Computing to boost their resumes. Even when I was introducing myself to people, I loved the looks on their faces when I said I was a math major with a stats minor. But that isn’t a representation of me, my interests, or my aspirations at all.
Over the summer my father passed away and I had an amazing job working with incoming students at UCLA. I loved looking at the lists of courses they could be taking and wished I was taking them, and kind of resented the fact that I had a minor that I had to finish. I realized that no one forced me to declare the minor and it was actually me all along that enjoyed the attention and almost even the prestige that it gave me.
I’m someone who loves the humanities and social sciences. I love learning history and being whisked away into another world when I learn more about a civilization. I like reading literature and opening my mind to the intricate details of a fictional figure’s life, and imagining how someone would have told my story had they been the one writing my story. I love writing in my journal every day because in a way it combines my interests in history and writing and reading.
If I want to change the world I don’t have to wait until I have a fat paycheck to quickly donate to a charity of my choice. I want to be there in action and to watch people’s lives change.
Dropping my minor makes me feel like I’m empowered to think on my own and not feel like a robot who hides her true interests just to progress in her career.