Coming into the Interdisciplinary Studies seminar, I honestly had no clue what to expect. I was unsure of what the course would cover and how we would cover it. I had no clue that it would lead us into making our own websites where we would share and collaborate ideas among our peers. Interdisciplinary Studies didn’t mean much to me as I was unsure of how it was different from a having a major and a minor. Initially, I thought that interdisciplinary simply meant you were studying two disciplines. Luckily, through readings like The Big Terms, I was able to find the differences and realize the importance of IDS. I realize that Interdisciplinary studies is the integration of multiple disciplines to help form new solutions, ideas, and approaches to problems.
Throughout the semester I gained insight on why IDS is important for learning and promoting growth and diversity. With all of the talk about IDS, I was happy to see some of the reading relate back to the individual disciplines. Readings like, Where we Begin help to reiterate that individual disciplines are still very important. Specializing in disciplines is particularly important to me as I wish to pursue my education in the health care field. The health care field requires extensive knowledge in a specific area. Often times, people in this field work as a team to provide patients with the best care. I appreciate that both individual disciplines and the integration of disciplines are both vitally important in caring for patients. IDS has opened my eyes to the fact that integrating disciplines in my undergraduate degree can make me a superior problem solver as I prepare to begin my next academic journey.
The reading, The Benefits and Challenges of Interdisciplinary Studies, raised an idea that resonated with me. Upon switching to IDS, one of my first thoughts was that I hoped it would not hinder my chances of getting into a physical therapy program. I thought it was possible that some schools may view my IDS degree as not adequate when comparing it to someone’s Exercise and Sport Physiology degree. After this semester, I feel the exact opposite. I think that my degree in IDS makes my application stronger. Relative to the ideas in the reading, switching to IDS exemplifies me taking initiative to challenge and diversify myself. Now, schools may look at me as a stronger candidate. I was fortunate to have this reading provide me with a new perspective on my degree.
I feel that Interdisciplinary Studies is very important to universities. IDS can help attract more students to continuing their education by giving them more of a say in their learning. IDS also creates new ideas and allows people to generate new ways of solving problems. These types of problems could be major revelations and could end up greatly impacting our world. I hope that the push for interdisciplinary studies continues to grow and emerge as a vital part of education at Plymouth State. In fact, it should continue across universities all over the world. I feel that even high school students could benefit from interdisciplinary methods. By spreading the benefits that IDS offers, hopefully many more educational systems and universities will begin to implement interdisciplinarity.
I hope that my IDS degree has granted me with a diverse wealth of knowledge that helps me succeed in my future endeavors. I anticipate that I will begin my DPT degree soon after my time at Plymouth State. It’s been a dream of mine to become a physical therapist for many years. I feel that this course has only helped me see the benefits of interdisciplinary studies and its potential to impact the world.