At first, Interdisciplinary Studies was scary for me, as a senior and I was coming into something new on the first day of what was supposed to be my last first day of school ever. Being a senior you never envision having no idea what you are going to graduate with the summer prior to school beginning. IDS was my answer, I would be able to graduate on time and leave Plymouth exactly when I planned so four years ago. IDS was an escape for me, I was not sure about any of the program, I just knew it would get me back home in Massachusetts exactly when I wanted to be. Throughout the semester, even within just the first few months, I knew IDS was going to change my original picture of what I was going to accomplish with this degree. Coming into the September month, knowing I was starting an entire new program, I had no idea what to think of the Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies class except that I knew I was going to be taught in a whole new way with a new outlook on the way education should be taught. Back in August when I started to think about taking the path of IDS, I was not fully sure on what interdisciplinarity even meant. I went into this knowing that I would somehow morph different subjects and different classes to make a major that suited me, however I still was unclear about what interdisciplinarity really meant.
Throughout the semester, I was able to expand my knowledge about how prevalent interdisciplinarity is in today’s society without even realizing it. I now define interdisciplinarity as being able to combine more than one subject or option and morph them into one bigger picture. For example, I used biology, psychology, health education, physical education and nursing all to make health science. One quote that has stuck with me since I read the article is from the article “Big Terms” it states, “’Interdisciplinarity’ is more like a fruit smoothie, where the disciplines are blended together – integrated – to create something
new.” During the semester we learned a lot about different aspects of IDS, one being the quote stated above. I can relate this to my program I constructed because I have many disciplines that I combined to form my major. Another portion of the semester that I took a lot away from for my major was creating a Personal Learning Network. This assignment allowed me to expand my resources for those in health care fields. I was able to reach out and retrieve more information about health than I would have been able to in a normal classroom. The last piece of this semester that has stuck out to me the most is the portion of learning that is publishing to the web. I have never experienced this type of learning before however, I thought it was a great asset because all of my work the entire semester was right in front of me all in one place without any hassle. Plus making an ePort has helped my confidence in writing anyone can take a look at and critique my work.
Interdisciplinarity matters to universities all over the world because we use it every day without evening realizing that we are doing so. Majors that are technically not interdisciplinary per say, still use interdisciplinarity because they have prerequisites that are through different disciplines although they are not actually in the major, they still are required to take classes in other departments. As for PSU, I hope students in the future become more aware of what great of a program IDS is. I feel as though there is somewhat of a stigma with IDS because not everyone understands what we learn or how we can make our own majors. I hope within the next few years students can understand the benefits of the IDS program at PSU.
As for me, my hope is to soon be accepted into an accelerated 16 month bachelor of science to registered nurse program down in Massachusetts. My goal is to be a nurse in Boston by the end of the next 3 years.