Interdisciplinary studies was nothing that I ever knew existed. Honestly, it has changed how I think of things and allows me to explore what I really want to do with my life. After not passing a class in my nursing major, I thought the world was coming to a tragic end. But I realized something. I realized that the world was not coming to an end, and that the way I was learning wasn’t doing my any favors. I didn’t not pass this class because I’m not smart enough or I didn’t know the information.
Interdisciplinary approaches were not introduced to me until a few months ago. At first, I had no idea what it was or what it entailed. I was basically told that I could create my own major and design a major off of classes that I took and that relate to what I want to do with my life. After a few weeks of class I was sold. I could take classes from the subject of psychology, health, nursing, math, social work and anything else I thought would be necessary and build my own major. As Nissani states, “Interdisciplinarity is best seen as bringing together distinctive components of two or more disciplines.”
Interdisciplinarity has given me the opportunity to continue my education. I
thought that I was stuck, and that I wouldn’t be able to have any career I wanted. As it turns out, so many of my courses count in other curriculums of other majors, in other schools. This makes it so easy for me to go back to school and really continue doing what I want to do. A radiologist is something that I have always had my heart set on. Nursing gave me wonderful experiences that I will remember for the rest of my life and throughout my career. But interdisciplinary learning has allowed me to create my own future and help me continue to do what I love.
The beginning of my journey with interdisciplinary studies has been stressful, but a great learning experience. It is really interesting to see what some of my peers have decided to create their majors out of and the many different and amazing ideas that each student holds. The posts allow myself to be creative and using knowledge from the many different subjects that I have learned about throughout the years.
I think I still have a long way to go in order to adjust to this different way of learning. But I see myself being successful in the long run, and using all the knowledge I have from different areas of study to be the best student and future radiologist that I can be.