The Tar Heel Blog

Current students write about life at Carolina

The Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sep 2

Finding Your Own Path at Carolina

“How did you discover the Interdisciplinary Studies major and how has that helped your path here at Carolina?”

“I started off as a Biology major, which many people who are pre-med basically do. I also really liked English classes too, though – taking half science classes and half humanities classes  gives you a broad range of perspectives in general. Something I wanted from my education was just that, the feeling of getting both sides. So, I was thinking of doing a double major (alongside Biology) and doing English. When I was taking my English classes, though, there were some things that I just wasn’t interested in. I took one class, an AAAD class my first year, which was called Health and Healing in Africa. That class was super interesting – it was one of my favorite classes I took – after that, I was wondering what I should really do. On the humanities side, I’d always wanted to do something in the humanities, but everything wasn’t very specified to medicine – what my main goals and interests were centered around. So, I took this AAAD class, called Medicine, Literature and Culture, and that class combined the two fields. So I got different perspectives on medicine through a humanities lens – I really liked that class. I heard some people were minoring in it, and I thought to myself, why can’t I turn that into a major? I heard someone actually did! So from that, I learned about the interdiscplinary studies program, in which you can basically make your own curriculum. Now I can take classes in all different humanities fields that are related to medicine. It’s really brought in my perspective on medicine and allows me to go into different fields and get different skill sets from each one. Whether it’s sociology or psychology or English, you always get a different perspective and different readings for each class, so it’s been very beneficial in that way. My first year when I was on that normal track, I wasn’t happy with my major. I don’t know, I wasn’t enjoying all of my classes and I was like – I felt like this isn’t what college really should be you know, I feel like you should take the classes you want and really enjoy what you’re doing and study what you’re passionate about. I felt like through this opportunity I was able to cut down my stress so much just because I actually enjoyed doing the readings and I actually enjoyed going to class everyday, and that’s been really nice!”

– Sumiyah Enayet, Class of 2018