What’s your major?
Blogger: Somer Greene
“What’s your major?” When I was a first year, I was afraid of this question. When I became a sophomore, I was confused by this question. By the time I reached my junior year, however, I finally answered this question with the tongue-tied response of: “Hi, my name is Somer Greene and I am a Community Development and Media Communications major.”
At Oxy, students are encouraged on a daily basis to explore their passions, ask questions, and be bold in their pursuit of academic and social knowledge, and through the Independent Pattern of Study Program (IPS) I was given the opportunity to do just that. I decided to create my own major after completing an internship the summer of freshman year. My dream job is to work for a nonprofit organization and lead all marketing and community outreach campaigns through social advertising and traditional print media. Basically, I want to be able to tell anyone and everyone about all the amazing community organizing opportunities that take place in Los Angeles…and I want to do it every day for the rest of my life!
I fulfill a similar role as a Campus and Community Organizer at the Office of Community Engagement (OCE). The OCE provides students with community-based service and learning collaborations with organizations in Los Angeles and beyond. At the OCE, I work with an awesome team of students to connect Oxy with community members in reciprocal relationships that focus on issues of social justice.
So what did I do? I created my own major with fellow student Mika Cribbs! I’m not going to lie, it was pretty tough, but we learned so much throughout the entire process. From learning about planning your academic schedule, designing our senior comprehensive projects as sophomores (yikes!!), to meeting some incredible professors whom we now are fortunate enough to call advisors, the IPS program allowed Mika and I to participate in our learning through a semester of introspection while simultaneously planning steps of the academic future.