A great little secret to finishing your major at Colby is taking or creating an independent study. As the school is small, the faculty for each major is also fairly concentrated. While the professors are great, they only have so much time to teach certain classes. Most of the time, they’re either interesting to you, or they are required to finish the major.
What if you’ve finished your requirements, but not your major or minor, and you’re looking for something a little bit outside of the range of what’s being offered in a given semester? Take an independent study. It’s certainly a bit harder than just signing up for a class. You have to be interested enough in a topic to bring it to a professor and create a class out of it. You also have to know what you’re getting into. First, you need to convince your professor that your topic is intriguing enough to you and relevant enough to them to happen. Then, you need submit a request to the registrar for an independent study.
The absurd thing about this is that you have approximately 250 characters or something of the like to explain your independent study. That’s characters. Not words. For the independent study that I’m in now I thought it was 250 words. I made sure to write a concise essay hitting all the points I would cover in my independent study. When I copy/pasted it into the submission box, only two sentences copied over. What I thought was already pretty concise became a serious exercise in reduction. Luckily, I passed through the submission gates and was allowed to do the independent study this spring.
Next time, I’ll take you inside the actual specifics of the independent study.