- Jan 30, 2012
It's all about the journey. When I finally transferred to VCU in 2010, I had planned on continuing working on a BS in CS, but the problem I ran into as an older student is that many of the classes I needed were only offered during the day, when I worked. It wasn't until like 3 years ago that the school had enough of me being an undeclared that they threw me into the IDS program. At first, I had no idea what IDS was, but soon found out while talking about it to folks that there are a ton of us IDS grads out there. The cool thing is that with all of my experiences and leadership, I was selected to be one of two student speakers at the department ceremony yesterday (was a big surprise for my family). But frankly, I think the school needs to advertise the program more. For one, people change their minds (or have their path changed for them); and two, it shouldn't feel like a cop out taking classes you enjoy. If VCU were to broadcast this more, I think the retention rate and overall happiness of the student body would rise...Big time congrats!!
Finishing my degree took longer, haha. But I swear in hind sight, it was for the best. I went to school for pre physical therapy and couldnt get accepted to the PT program. Then I switched majors to biology (which I hated bc of the technical jargon of upper level science classes) and finally to to Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) after stepping away. At first IDS was a cop out bc I was only taking classes that interested me (business and mid level science courses). But why on earth would someone not take classes that interest them? Anyway, I cant say enough about how VCU allows adults and older students to always come back and keep learning and growing. Now they have an entire department that is designed to let adults that never completed there degree to come back and finish. I love VCU.