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Collaboration, Not Competition.

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UW is full of people in different fields and majors, instead of competing, we should be working together.

One of the most advantageous classes I ever took was filled with students from a wide variety of fields. Sitting around that room were computer science majors, English majors, marketing majors, criminal justice majors, and environmental science majors. Though we all came to the course with wildly different backgrounds, the collaboration of so many contrasting minds resulted in amazing ideas and conversation. That collaboration embodied the diverse authenticity that we strive for here on the UW campus.

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As Cowboys, we do what we love and love what we do. We’re emboldened and progressive. And there is nothing wrong with taking pride in your major or program. After years and years of rigid curriculums in public school, college is a wonderful opportunity to finally DO YOU. You get to pick the field that speaks to you and dive in headfirst. You get to follow your passions and show the world what you’ve got, and it’s empowering.

Yet in the midst of all this energy, it’s easy to fall prey to the idea that your major sits upon a shiny pedestal—that it is more important, fulfilling and lucrative than other fields.

There could be nothing further from the truth.

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Fields of study manifest their value in different ways, and it’s necessary to remember that students desire different things from their education and subsequent careers. We need the strategic minds of engineers and the introspective ideas of writers, just as much as we need the patient energy of teachers and the charisma of business marketers.

It’s understandable as to why college students want to defend their academic pursuits. College is an investment, and not a cheap one either. When you put four plus years into something, you want to feel secure in its significance and sustainability. You want to be acknowledged for your dedication and drive.

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However, as current college students, it’s our duty to hinder the vicious cycle of putting down other programs in the process of supporting our own. While we all secretly view our field of choice as the best, diminishing the usefulness of others only serves to damage campus morale.

We should be working with—not against—each other. Hand in hand, we might just change the world.

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