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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Today’s college grads want to make a difference

Brenda J. Buote, Globe Correspondent writes, "If you thought computer science and engineering were tops among college majors, a look at the class of 2015 will surprise you."

Annushree Patel received the President’s Award from Newbury College president Joseph Chillo at graduation.
Boston Globe

Psychology, business administration, and economics were among the most popular majors for students earning a bachelor’s degree this spring. Biology, criminology, and communication arts were right behind, while English, nursing, education, and finance rounded out the top 10.

“You can have all the money in the world, but if you’re not happy and you don’t enjoy your work, it’s not worth it,” said Levi Flood, 27, who left a lucrative career as a nuclear chemist with the Navy to earn a communications degree at Lasell College in Newton.

With diploma in hand, the former Milford resident, now living in Arizona, and father of two is planning to go to divinity school and become a pastor while developing a writing career, goals he said his wife, Alicia, supports...

According to college officials, many of this year’s graduates may have chosen a major based on their interactions with a particular professor.

“I always encourage students to experiment, to take classes in a couple of different fields and see whether they resonate with the professors in that department,” said Gordon College president D. Michael Lindsay.

That worked for Isabella Dougherty, 22, who graduated with a dual major in economics and Chinese language and culture at Wellesley College.

“I came in undeclared,” she said. “It wasn’t until I took an intro course in economics that I decided it was something that I wanted to take as a major. The professor really hooked me in . . . found applications for every unit, every model that we studied so we could apply what we were learning in class to real-world policy decisions, like the Affordable Care Act.


Source: Boston Globe