A to Z Challenge: Freudian Slips (or Why I am Majoring in Physics, and Minoring in English)

I’m not really going to talk about Freudian Slips here. I just needed a title with a D.

Umm.. I mean an F.

Fine, okay! I’m cheating! What’re you going to do? Report me to the authorities?

So, I’m going to talk about something that many people have asked me: Why am I majoring in Physics, and minoring in English.

I love Physics. It is the absolute best thing, and there is so much more than meets the eye. The reason I fell in love with physics, as stupid as it may sound, was because of Science Fiction: Star Trek, Star Wars, Isaac Asimov, Stargate (though, this is very recent). So, it would make sense for me to minor in Math, but I also realised that all the math that I’d require will be taught to me in the course itself. All the necessary information will be provided to me.

English also holds a special place for me in my heart. I’ve always wanted to read a poem and be able to decipher the meaning behind the words, I’ve always wanted to dissect a novel. I’ve always wanted to use Post-Modernism in a sentence and have it make sense (LOOK! I’ve achieved one of those goals!).

Before I chose to major in Physics, I had also considered English. But I realised that if I had done that, I would be saying to my self, “Oh, God! I don’t know why I did this!” Being an English minor gives me the flexibility of choosing my own english courses and hence I’m not restricted by what is prescribed to me.

In the time I’ve been here studying Physics and English, I’ve taken some amazing courses that have constantly reassured me of my choices. In my very first year, I decided to take this course called Literary Theory, and I went in without expecting anything. That very first English course had a huge impact on the way I look at, and analyse literary texts. It is also one of the best courses I’ve taken in my University. Physics has also given me some brilliant courses like Mathematical Physics. Don’t even get me started on how amazing that course is.

But recently, I’ve been getting interested in Science Writing and I’m hoping my English minor will help me. Or even if it doesn’t, who cares? I managed to use Post-Modernism in a sentence!

I shall end this by presenting to you a gem from my Mathematical Physics course, this is a quote that my professor told us while teaching us Complex Analysis:

“Complex Infinity is where Santa Claus lives on the Riemann Sphere.”

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