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A guide to navigating Media Studies at Cal and musings of my college journey as an interdisciplinary student.

This past Spring Break, I watched Avenue Q, a rather crude, humorous off-Broadway musical about finding your purpose in life. I had resonated with the main character Princeton’s post-college anxieties in “What Do You Do with a B.A. in English / It Sucks to be Me.” Now that I’ve already graduated with a B.A. in Media Studies, the thought of transitioning to a life without an educational institution to guide my next steps is a bit daunting to say the least.

“What is Media Studies?” In short, it is what you make of it. Taking a theoretical approach, its core classes are derived from traditions in communications, political science, anthropology, psychology, and sociology. It is a major that can complement and supplement a variety of majors/minors. You gain and hone skills ranging from analytical writing, communication, and qualitative research. Some people can concentrate on taking classes pertaining to marketing, film/media, new media, and journalism. …


Rachel Lin

Product Designer at @PilotHQ. Previously @RemindHQ, @SAP. Media + CS at Cal ’16.

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