You’ve just received your acceptance letter to USC. A hefty package sealed with a perforated line of cardboard is the only thing separating you from a goal you’ve been dreaming about since you were a little kid. As you tear the crease and fold open the package, the words “Welcome to USC” come into view and you know that you’ve done it. You’ve been accepted to the Marshall School of Business. You celebrate for a few days, knowing that all your hard work in high school paid off, but after the initial wave of celebrations and congratulatory phone calls from the aunts and uncles you didn’t know you had wear off you think to yourself: now what?
When I received my acceptance letter, I was ecstatic, but after the initial craze had faded away, I thought to myself: What am I going to study? What do I want to do in life? This thought stayed with me for several weeks until I arrived at USC for Admitted Student Day in April of 2017. There I learned about the endless international opportunities offered through Marshall and I knew that I had to take advantage of them. I decided to do an immersion program in Mexico City the summer before my freshman year at USC and once I arrived to begin my first semester, I knew that a double major was calling my name. I declared my second major in Spanish to go along with Business Administration and I’ve been rolling right along ever since!
A lot of people wonder how tedious a double major might be considering the extra units and academic requirements, but in truth, a double major is completely manageable and entirely worth it in the end. While you might take 16 units with one major per semester, with a double major your unit count might reach 18 per semester. This is not a huge difference considering the benefits that come with a double major and I personally believe everyone should look into picking up a second major to not only enhance your schooling but also your professional development and skills!