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Overwhelmed PCJ Major Switches to Just Peace


Annie Davidson, a self-described optimist and second-year Peace, Conflict and Justice (PCJ) student, has recently decided to abandon the domains of Conflict and Justice. Citing a heavy workload and “overly stressful” course content, Davidson has chosen to pursue a much more manageable Peace major.


According to the student, learning about wars and legal battles doesn’t fit into her busy schedule of “embracing the roller coaster of life” and drinking water until the glass is exactly half full.


Davidson also expresses that from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s exit from the royal family to COVID-related layoffs in her sorority, she’s had her fill of conflict in 2020. Plus, she adds, she had a closet full of Justice in 2013; centering in on Peace is the natural next step in her journey.


Sometimes, says Davidson, you have to cut majors out of your life like toxic friendships: “Conflict and Justice were really bringing me down. They were so dramatic and always needed to make everything about them. I’m also convinced they didn’t even want me to succeed I was consistently struggling with all the weekly assignments that had anything to do with ‘reading’ or ‘handing in your work’.”


Annie’s family and friends believe that she is making the right decision by focusing only on the first third of PCJ. Her dad Mark hopes that she’s ready to apply her Peace studies outside of the virtual classroom when he and Annie’s mom announce their divorce this coming weekend.


Photo Credit: Natalie Cader-Beutel

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