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Clara has a very good story about why she became a linguistics major. That’s pretty awesome. I don’t have a good story for why I want to double major in American Studies and Econ. I just had a cute AmStud TA last semester and a strong desire to be employable.
I kind of had a crush on my TA from last semester for US Gay and Lesbian History. By kind of, I mean I really did. She’s this super intelligent American Studies grad student who majored in Art at Weselyan and is tiny and queer and brilliant. (And ohmygosh I hope she never reads this.) I had a hard time deciding between history and American Studies, and I kind of talked about it with her, but she kept saying, “you’re majoring in American Studies, right?” with her cute little smirk.
So I’m majoring in American Studies.
I do have more reasons that I tell my parents/grandparents/adults—I like that it’s interdisciplinary, Yale’s department is one of the best in the country, I like studying American history, etc. I like cultural studies more than I like dead-white-man studies, but I don’t tell that to the getting-on-in-years-white-men in my life.
But it’s probably because of my TA.
I’m majoring in Econ too, because it’s fun to play with numbers, I did well in the intro courses, and I want to be able to afford things like health insurance and vegetables when I graduate. I’m also a varsity athlete, and, you know, majoring in Econ is what we do.
I don’t mean to be overdramatic, but my double majoring in Econ and American Studies kind of represents the rather inconvenient internal struggle I’m going through right now. I’m taking a seminar on travel taught by my former TA, and, guys, imperialism is everywhere! It’s really bad! There’s so much injustice in the world! This little blonde, gender conforming 1 %-er is finally starting to realize capitalism isn’t really as fair as we’re taught in Introduction to Microeconomics. Am I your typical rich varsity athlete majoring in Econ and considering consulting as a career? Or your typical college lesbian feminist with a passion for social justice? Both those sound pretty unpleasant to me.
I talked about this a little with my former TA, current teacher. I asked her, “Well, bell hooks said we need consciousness raising. But then what? What do we do once our consciousness is raised?”
She answers, in all seriousness, “Start a revolution.”
I’m leaning towards revolution now. But don’t be surprised to see McKinsey and Bain pamphlets on my desk next year.
This week’s I [heart] my Major post was brought to you by Katie C., Yale ’14. Katie enjoys reading about feminism, running, and making up complex mythologies for civilizations that do not exist.