Sophomore Declaration Day!
“Congrats! What are you going to study at Harvard?”
These were often the first comments my friends and family shared with me after I committed to attending Harvard College. As a high school senior I was not exactly sure what subject I wanted to major in during college, and that’s why I applied to mostly all liberal arts colleges. I wanted to have to the opportunity to explore my academic interest and to have a good foundation in many different subjects.
I knew that I was interested in the social sciences, my favorite classes in highs school had been my history, social studies, and government classes. I was excited to explore the concentrations, Harvard’s term for major, in the social science field. Over the course of my freshman year I took classes on American government, Latinx studies, and statistics, sexual respect on college campuses, and health and mental health. Over the summer I studied abroad in Mexico City and took courses on international relations, US-Mexico relations, urban planning and electoral behavior. Over the course of the year I had mentally switched concentrations so many times!
I am so glad that I didn’t have to through this process alone; I had academic advisors guide me along the process. As a first year student, you are assigned an academic advisor, their responsibility is to help you navigate course selection. My advisor a perfect match, she concentrated in government and had a secondary, minor, in ethnicity, migration and rights and she encouraged me to take Spanish for Latino Students. I loved the class and decided to only take the second semester of the class but continued to take classes like it in the ethnicity, migration, and rights secondary. I am excited to say that I am declaring ethnicity, migration and rights as a secondary and am a pursuing a language citation in Spanish.
Towards the end of freshman year, I started to worry about deciding and committing to my concentration. Luckily this is also when advising fortnight, a two-week series of open houses and opportunities to get to meet concentration departments, occurred! I took advantage of this opportunity and attended open houses for the concentration departments I was interested in. This is how I came across sociology, I attended a panel featuring professors in the department. I was fascinated by their research and the breadth, depth and interdisciplinary subjects covered in sociology. I researched the concentration department page, and found myself excited by the course selection in the department. This semester I began to take more classes for sociology concentration credit and I am happy to announce that I officially declared yesterday! I am thrilled to spend the next 2.5 years learning more about our society and the institutions that shape it.
Happy Concentration Declaration Day!
About the author
Hi ya’ll! My name is Maribel Nava, and I am a rising sophomore living in Lowell House. I am excited to soon declare a concentration in Sociology and an Ethnicity, Migration, Rights secondary... View full profile