The following is a writing assignment for my Journalism 100 class at the University of La Verne. Information was provided by the Professor to write a story for a class assignment. Information may be false, outdated, or changed by the Professor for educational purposes. **This particular story was written for a feature assignment after an in-class interview with a classmate.
Freshman Changes Major Six Times in Eight Months
Daisy Perez, a freshman at the University of La Verne, knows firsthand what it’s like to change majors as an undergrad. In fact, she has changed her major six times in her eight months in college.
Perez has been very interested in environmental studies since her days at El Rancho High School. She describes herself as a “tree hugger” and wishes to drive a maroon Prius. In the future she wants to adopt children, which she feels is a great measure to control population influx that causes stress on the environment.
Perez has always been an animal lover and environment enthusiast. In kindergarten she used to play with the squirrels and pretend she was one too, jumping around the trees.
“I used to follow them and pretend to be a squirrel until one attacked me. The teacher had to come get me because I was crying and wouldn’t move,” said Perez.
At the age of six she got lost at a park when she separated from her parents when she ran off to feed the ducks.
“My parents honestly didn’t even notice I was gone. It had to be a good two hours. I was just following the ducks around the lake to feed them and they led me away,” Perez said.
In high school she was a vegetarian for seven months and a vegan for four months until she passed out at a swim meet due to her new diet.
“I still don’t know who pulled me out of the pool,” Perez said.
It’s this love for the environment that inspired her to pursue her first major, the major she entered ULV as—Environmental Science. However, the difficulty of the classes such as biology made her realize she wished to remain an activist rather than a scientist.
From Environmental Sciences she moved to Criminology, which she quickly decided would be better for her as a minor. Afterwards, it was Sociology, which she became interested in after her older sister, Jackie, who also attends ULV, was majoring in it.
After becoming unsatisfied with Sociology, Perez was looking for another major. In her first semester at La Verne she was put into a Psychology FLEX, which some of the classes sparked her interest—leading her to follow Psych as her next venture in higher education.
Soon Perez found herself again tired of a major. She had been through Environmental, Criminology, Sociology, and Psychology—all sciences. She thought maybe she’d find her niche in a new school of education—the Arts. Perez had always been interested in photography, which lead her to take it up as her next major.
“I was really interested in photography up until I told my parents. They were like, ‘What can you do with that?’ I told them there’s a lot of things you can do with it, but they insisted I get into a major that has ‘actual career potential,’” Perez said.
At the request of her parents, she quit photography, making it one of her minors. However, she still wished to stay in the Arts department. She picked up Broadcast Journalism, which is her current major. Broadcast, although she’s not quite sure of it entirely, will be the major she finishes the 2015-2016 school year as.
“I feel like I’m really happy with my choice, at least at the moment,” said Perez, referring to her major in Broadcast Journalism and two minors of Criminology and Photography.
“I want to be involved in as many things possible, which is why I have a major and two minors,” Perez added.
Perez has been involved in swim, cross country, and tennis in high school as well as multiple municipal community service groups. At ULV she works on campus at the Office of Multicultural Services, is a member of the Iota Delta sorority, runs cross country, and wishes to run track.
Perez says that her indecisiveness on her educational path has become a running joke at work.
“Sometimes when I come into the office I’ll see my boss and say hi, and then when I see her at our meetings later she’ll say, ‘Hey, Daisy, have you changed your major since I saw you an hour ago?’” Perez said.
Perez is unsure of what she wishes to do as a career, but hopes once she finds the right major it will lead her on the right track.
“I think ultimately I want to do something that makes me really happy,” said Perez.