Have you ever been so engaged in the things you’re learning that your head starts to feel as though it’s imploding? That your eyes are open for the first time? That this very moment is the reason you wanted to go to college in the first place?
I’ve had this moment about three times thus far in my time at UIC. Do you want to know the funny part? The majority of classes I have enjoyed the most have not been my major-required classes — they have been my electives. These are the classes that have offered me an outside perspective, pushed my limits and introduced me to different discourse communities happening across the UIC campus.
Have a few credit hours of room for electives? These are just a few suggestions:
I am learning that every subject we learn, everything we explore, is interconnected. Find a professor who studies a subject you think is cool. Take his or her class. Take a class on a subject that makes you uncomfortable. Strive to understand why that makes you uncomfortable and learn from that!
Thanks for reading. Now, enjoy!
Abigail Floresca is a junior majoring in criminology, law and justice with a minor in professional writing. Writing is how she connects, processes, expresses and relates to the rest of the world. Increasingly aware of the power of storytelling in bringing about change and reform, Abigail earnestly seeks to find a way to incorporate a perfect blend of writing and social work within the criminal justice system — she dreams of bringing about a positive change, one story at a time. At UIC, she is involved in campus ministry; conducts research with the criminology, law and justice department; interns with the Chicago Justice Project, and loves exploring new places downtown.