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As some people may know, UNH is home to the academic discovery program. This is the university’s version of gen-eds, and is designed to push students out of their comfort zone. Here are 5 truths about this program.

1. It is a lot of course work. 

The university requires lots of credits through this program that may not necessarily pertain to your major. This could be annoying at times and feel like you are not getting any closer to your degree. However, it is part of a graduation requirement and may open up surprising doors for you.

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2. Studying abroad eliminates a credit. 

If you choose to study abroad during your time at UNH, you will be receiving course credit for it. This will eliminate your world culture credit and allow you to travel the world. What could be better?

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3. The discovery program pushes you out of your comfort zone. 

During your time completing these credits, you will have to take classes that you may have no interest in. While this does not sound like much fun, it may push you out of your comfort zone and help you find your new passion in another subject.

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4. Some discovery requirements will be the same as your major requirements. 

Some students stress out about getting both major and discovery requirements completed on time. However, some discovery requirements will also fulfill major requirements and vice versa. That way, you will be able to graduate on time with everything you need.

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5. These requirements are time consuming. 

There is no doubt that these requirements are time consuming and may take up lots of time in your schedule over the years. However, you need them to graduate so it is important that they are all completed. Try your best to do them in a timely manner that works for you.

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The discovery program is unique to UNH. Some students love it and some students hate it, but it is important that all your requirements are completed and that you make the most of it. Happy studying, wildcats!


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Kayleigh McElroy

Hi! My name is Kayleigh McElroy and I am a student at the University of New Hampshire! Being on campus has taught me a lot about learning how to manage my time, cope with stress, and adjust to the different living conditions! I hope to supply my fellow college students with advice and comfort on all of the situations that come along with being a college student.


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