Windows down and engine revving, Jake Howell drives to school every morning in his 1989 Ford Mustang, one of his many passions. While at school, Howell can usually be found devoting time to his passion for photography. Whether he’s in the photo lab darkroom or walking around campus taking photos or shooting videos — there’s always a camera in his hand.
“I got my first camera in high school, it was an old point and shoot I got at a thrift store,” Howell says. “I put some film in and started taking pictures — I was amazed at the results.”
In addition to being a photography major, Howell is also majoring in a field on the opposite end of the spectrum — computer science. It’s an eclectic selection, but one he thoroughly enjoys. Despite the constant struggle for time, Jake considers himself very satisfied with his double life.
Howell always had a keen interest in computer science, so majoring in that seemed to be the obvious choice. It wasn’t until about midway through high school, where the routine and mundanity of academia began to get to him, and made him search for a more creative outlet. He began exploring dual majoring in college.
“A couple of semesters into computer science I realized I really love photography, and made me realize I don’t want to sit in front of a desk for my whole life,” Howell says.
Despite his budding love for photography, computer science still remained one of his many areas of expertise, thus began the process of double majoring. He doubled up in his sophomore year, which is considered late for a double major to begin. Not starting earlier is his only regret.
“If you’re going to double major, start as early as possible,” Howell says. “Go talk to somebody in academic advising — they’ll be able to get you sorted out.”
While he loves both subjects, double majoring isn’t without its pitfalls. He often finds himself having to choose between socializing and doing assignments, not to mention spending many late nights studying.
“It’s a lot like having a single major, except you have a lot less time for yourself and have to make many more sacrifices,” Howell says. “You can’t spend time with friends as much, buy groceries or even take showers.”
Story by Ian Scott
Photos by Katie Dineen