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Benefits of Interdisciplinary Learning

SNC is unique in their offering of an Interdisciplinary Studies major; students can choose two or three areas of study and develop it into a personalized major. Many students mix Outdoor Adventure Leadership with a complementary area of study, such as Journalism, Entrepreneurship, Ski Business & Resort Management or Environmental Science. Other students choose interdisciplinary majors such as Sustainability, Digital Arts & Journalism, or New Media Journalism.

I declared a major in Interdisciplinary Studies in Journalism and Outdoor Adventure Leadership last fall and am loving the mix of learning writing skills and leadership development in an outdoor setting.

This semester, I undertook two of my three required Interdisciplinary Studies classes: INTD 250: Principles of Interdisciplinary Learning and INTD 300: Service Learning. The INTD 250 class revolves around research-intensive assignments and projects that encompass all of the elements of each student’s major, and in the INTD 300 class, each student partners with a non-profit and dedicates 60 volunteer hours and a cumulative project to their organization. While there’s been points during the semester where I’ve wanted to drop everything and give up, they’ve both been extremely beneficial now that I reflect on my experience.

In INTD 250, I’ve been challenged to examine the links between all aspects of my education – links I’d completely overlooked before. In INTD 300, taking the skills i’ve learned in Journalism and ODAL and transferring them to a non-profit setting has given me the essential, invaluable real-world experience. Both classes embody SNC’s theme of professional preparedness.

In a college education system that doesn’t allow for much experimentation and creativity in degree tracks, the Interdisciplinary Studies program here at SNC is gold. I truly feel like I have designed my own degree and gained the utmost value out of my time here. I’ll be walking away with more than just a piece of paper come graduation.

Professional Practices class helps student find a job

By Bryce Bullins

As part of the BFA in Creative Writing at SNC, students take a course entitled “Professional Practices” in their senior year. According to the Sierra Nevada College 2013 – 2014 catalog, Professional Practices “focuses on a culminating review and portfolio of all work in the field during the junior and senior years. [This includes] publication of the student’s original writing, editorial work on college or other publications, participation in readings, literary events, conferences, field trips, internships, tutoring and other types of direct experience.”  In addition, there is a segment in the class regarding research into job markets.

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Marcela DeLira Astorga

Recent BFA graduate Marcela DeLira Astorga has found great success thanks in a large part to Professional Practices. In her research, she found a job which suited her taste and her interest perfectly. Thanks to her expansive portfolio she created and the fine tuning it received in Professional Practices, Marcela now has her job.

“I finally got the job with the Truckee Unified District. I am officially the Bilingual Translator-Interpreter for the district. I am working at the district office twice a week and three times a week in Tahoe City,” Marcela said.

Congratulations to Marcela!