tonight I had my final history of photography class. we viewed a few last presentations and then took our final exam. I am actually really sad that this class is over. this class traced the history and evolution of the medium since World War II, and I found it to be fascinating. each 3 hour class was riveting, the readings were interesting, and the exams were easy because I actually knew the information.
I've taken a lot of classes over my 3 1/2 year collegiate career, and this is one of the only courses that I will actually miss attending every week. when I was a civil engineer, I spent a lot of time in classes that I really didn't like. homework was incredibly painful, I hated reading my textbooks, and I couldn't stay awake in any of my classes. I was miserably scraping my way through my undergraduate career. after 4 semesters of calculus, physics, programming, and chemistry classes, I realized that my heart wasn't really in engineering and switched to the humanities.
I know that my time in hell/engineering was necessary for me to figure out what I really want to do with my life, but I do think that I missed out on some really amazing classes and experiences. I'm just finishing up with my required courses now, and I wish that I could have explored more at school. I could have a minor or even a double major that I really enjoy and could use in my job search.
I'm not one to dwell, so I'm just going to remember how much I loved this class and make a point to continue to study photography on my own time. I will learn how to use my Canon Rebel better than I do now, I will continue to follow some amazing photographers, and I will remember how nice it is to learn about a subject that actually excites me.
have you changed your academic path? do you regret doing it? can you look back and wish that you had changed majors?