I need a minor.02.07.06 (7:34 pm) 
I need a minor. My academic major--exercise science-- seems to be a small major, so I'm required to have a minor. Great. I don't know what to pick. The options I'm considering include Spanish, psychology, sociology, pe, leadership, or honors. Ya, I haven't exactly been able to whittle down the list very much. I want something that isn't too hard, will be a useful additive to my career, and look good on a resume. None of those choices really fit that description, which is why I don't know what to do.
Spanish would be useful and look good but at a high price; my minor might turn out more difficult with more hours of studying and lab work than my major! Languages are difficult; I like Spanish, and like to think myself at least ok at it--I can read fairly well, and they say I don't sound too gringo, but my listening and understanding and speaking skills aren't the best. Those would improve with practice, but do I really want to take the time to practice? That's the question.
Psychology has proven to be interesting. In reading career descriptions of physical therapists, an understanding of some psychology is handy. I don't really believe in what the field teaches though. People are complicated beings, and can't fit into diagnosis molds. The same goes for any medical field, but I think that fact is even more acute in psychology. A *HUG* goes out to those that are studying psychology; I admire your efforts to understand people's minds.
I'm not even 100% sure what exactly I'd be learning in sociology except how people interact with one another. I think that'd be interesting, not applicable to my career really, but interesting.
The physical education minor... the only reason I'm even considering that one is because of the direction I believe my physical therapy practice will take me. Having some of these courses under my belt may help, but the minor would require me to have a teacher's certification. That takes a WHOLE bunch of time and energy. Both of which I tend to run short on at the end of the day as it is currently, which would be nothing compared to what I would need to do.
Leadership is a new minor only program. The courses sound interesting, and I think would be desirable in future situations, whether in my career or in the community. (I love being involved with the community, and plan on being involved in some way for a long time.) But a minor in leadership? That word brings nothing to my mind in regards to a degree, and will probably leave the same blank expression on the faces of employers. All that work would be lost on them.
Then honors has the same problem with the degree meaning absolutely nothing except I took a bunch of hard classes. Big woop di do! Plus, I'd have to take an extra math class if I took that minor, and I try to not touch math with a six foot long pole, so that turns me off of honors. I'm considering this one because it offers a class in culture and I love learning about culture. Also, I've already taken some classes for this minor; I'm in the honors program, and starting next year, being in the honors program means you have an honors minor, but my class has a choice.
I've been praying for some hint from above as to which I should take. I guess Big-Guy's practicing that "silence is golden" technique, 'cause I've got nothin'. Or maybe I just have to wait. *shrugs* We'll see.
So I'm a blank slate and would absolutely LOVE you if you were to leave me a comment with a thought, suggestion, "aww poor bria" or anything else you find suitable to my delimma.
posted by: PastorDave (reply)
post date: 02.08.06 (3:25 am)
I minored in English, and have found it to be useful in many areas of life, even t-blog! How about some kind of teaching/education minor, that would qualify you to teach in public/private schools?
posted by: babe4Jesus55 (reply)
post date: 02.08.06 (3:46 pm)
Reply to: PastorDave
I had thought about teaching, but what I'm trying to stay away from is the student teaching semester it requires. I wouldn't be able to do some things I'd rather be doing if I were student teaching. Just a plain ol' English degree doesn't mean much of anything, except you read alot. I LOVE to read. That may be an idea. I'll have to look into it.
posted by: babe4Jesus55 (reply)
post date: 02.08.06 (3:50 pm)
Reply to: princessapricot
My family is pushing me toward a business minor. I really don't want to because I have absolutely no desire to have my own practice. Simply because that takes alot of time and effort, which I'd rather spend on having my own life. I'd much rather work predictable hours and leave my work at work so I can focus on my family, friends or work on myself after hours. I may end up going that direction anyway though, if I can't come up with something better.
posted by: Jade/Cat (reply)
post date: 02.09.06 (5:19 am)
i'm highly biased, but i oo think business would be a good minor.
it might be like getting all the practical business-world knowledge without going into the really boring indepth stuff! :)
I think there are some important aspects of business/economics/marketing/
human resources/finance/operations that some people don't know about, simply b/c they haven't studied business much.
anyways, that's just my highly biased thought. :)
posted by: babe4Jesus55 (reply)
post date: 02.09.06 (6:13 am)
Reply to: Jade Ya, business would help, just for my own understanding if not for use in my own business. But half of business is all numbers--in my opinion-- and numbers boggle my mind and bore me to death! I wish I was more mathmatically minded, but the fact is, God just didn't make me that way. I just gotta live with that, and do the best I can. Perhaps the best I can would be going with a business minor. *shrugs* I'll look into it though.
Ok, I went and looked at the business option and I think the "management" would probably fit me best. It still has alot to do with stuff I'm just not good at. It would probably be beneficial to learn more about such things since I am not any good, but could possibly be detremental to my GPA which would land me without entrance to PT school. That would leave me high and dry with a degree that means pretty much nothing. Don't know if I want to risk it.