WSUCougar2012

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Hi,

Do minors actually play an important role in the application process?

I've heard that's a tiny space for minors on the application and that it is often overlooked. If this is the case, is there a way minoring in something could be used in your favor? (Besides learning the subject because you want to)

For example, I want to major in Neuroscience and minor in Psychology and Spanish, but if minors don't really matter, I might drop Spanish because although it's something I want to learn, I'll be glad to drop Spanish to make my schedule a bit easier.

Should you emphasize it in your personal statement in order to stand out? If so, how?

Thanks for your replies.
 

chessknt87

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Hi,

Do minors actually play an important role in the application process?

I've heard that's a tiny space for minors on the application and that it is often overlooked. If this is the case, is there a way minoring in something could be used in your favor? (Besides learning the subject because you want to)

For example, I want to major in Neuroscience and minor in Psychology and Spanish, but if minors don't really matter, I might drop Spanish because although it's something I want to learn, I'll be glad to drop Spanish to make my schedule a bit easier.

Should you emphasize it in your personal statement in order to stand out? If so, how?

Thanks for your replies.
It isnt an important factor at all. They do like to see that you take a broad variety of classes though, so if minoring gives you a breadth of classes outside of the sciences then it can be slightly beneficial.
 

LikeClockWork

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The best you can hope for is something like this in an interview:

"Oh, you were an X minor? That was my major. What did you like most about it?"

Other than that, only do it if it's something you truly enjoy.
 

ilikefudge

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it can be used positively at interviews. when they ask me to tell them about myself, I tell them that i'm majoring in bio and minoring in art history. they immediately ask why i'm interested in art history and so we go into that:)
 

TheRealMD

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it can be used positively at interviews. when they ask me to tell them about myself, I tell them that i'm majoring in bio and minoring in art history. they immediately ask why i'm interested in art history and so we go into that:)
True, it can be used to your advantage in interviews, but it's not very efficient. And if a person is asking this question, then they aren't 100% doing it for themselves (they want others to notice, otherwise, why ask?)

Plenty of people get in without double-majoring or minoring at all. If it suits you, then by all means, full speed ahead! But if you're hoping for "special treatment", I suggest you look at other, more beneficial things instead.
 
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WSUCougar2012

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I'm doing it for myself..but if I want to tack on another minor, I want my work to be recognized. I don't want to just be one thing adcoms look at for one second.

What if your major and minor are related? How could you use it positively at interviews then?
 

chessknt87

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I'm doing it for myself..but if I want to tack on another minor, I want my work to be recognized. I don't want to just be one thing adcoms look at for one second.

What if your major and minor are related? How could you use it positively at interviews then?
It has been said multiple times here it doesnt not help very much, definitely not worth the time investment to just do it in order to impress the adcom.