Sometimes people ask me how I knew I was in the right major. That’s a pretty good question. Although some people seem to know from day one…others are never really sure.
But I remember the night. I was already an international relations major, but of course there are subsets within this. You can do international business, international political economy, international law, international security, international development…they’re all really important, and they all require people with vastly different personality types to excel within them.
So which one was I?
I think most people live in fervent excitement and abject fear of having to deal with whatever enrollment system their school uses. On the one hand, it’s fun to “shop” for classes. On the other hand…it’s also pretty nerve-racking to find that perfect, killer combination of interesting topic, inspiring professor, and work load you can manage.
By the time I got to enroll, I had two options: international law, and international security. Awesome. Super broad.
It may have been the fact that all I knew about law was needing strict attention to detail, which I wasn’t sure I had. But there was something about “international security” that spoke to me. I wasn’t sure I completely understood what I was getting myself into, but there’s something cool about understanding how misperception contributes to disorder, and that perfect phrase coined by some genius who understood that there were CAUSES of war and CONDITIONS for peace, not the other way around.
I got it. Something inside me lit up when I saw it. So I enrolled. And it changed my life forever.
Several years later, I completed my Masters in International Security. Best, decision, ever. I love that this is my specialization.
So when you’re trying to figure out what classes to take–pay attention to your gut. It won’t steer you wrong.