Major Anxiety About Majors: Why NOT Knowing What You Want To Do Is OKAY!

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“What are you majoring in?”

“What do you plan to do after you graduate from college?”

Well, I have your answer. I HAVE NO IDEA.

Hello everybody and welcome back. This week we’re going to touch up on the taboo subject of “Majors” and why they are, yet aren’t, important. Yes, it’s important to have one nowadays. DEPENDING on what you are aiming for. Vocational and trade schools are great options if you’re set on a skill you want to do as a career and that’s SO okay. I used to think it’s not but going through “college”hood has made me realize that everyone goes different career and educational paths that work for them just fine. For those of you out there who are just starting college/school, about to graduate, or still working on your degree or trade. YOU ROCK! For those who are still in college and going back and forth between 5 or 6 different majors, what is your problem? Just kidding! I asked myself this for so long, “JAMIE WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM YOU’RE LIKE IN YOUR 3RD YEAR AT YOUR 3RD COLLEGE SHOULDN’T YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING WITH YOUR LIFE YET?”

Haha nope.

There are a few points I want to make here or if you’re struggling with this. If you’re not struggling with what you want to do or what to major in, I honestly salute you. To the ones who are clueless, cheers to that too.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

As cheesy and cliché as this sounds, no, you are not the only student out there choosing between majoring in English Literature, Business, Nursing, and Art History. Do you want to major/work in a field that you find interesting or one that will make you crazy rich? Wouldn’t both be nice? Unfortunately, we got to pick one or two, or three, if you’re ballsy. Yes, getting a degree is a huge, personal investment and its scary thinking you could choose the “wrong one”. Guess what though, no matter what major you choose, you STILL get to graduate college. How cool is that? So many students, like me, understand your dilemma. Let’s not overthink this, a degree is a degree!

CHANGE, IT’S INEVITABLE  

We change our minds every single day. Whether it’s what we want to order at Taco Bell at 1am when you have only 8 dollars left in your account or what we want to do with our lives. I thought I wanted to be a nurse. Cute scrubs, only working 3 days a week, seeing gross and gnarly injuries? I was IN. But the moment I started to ease myself into the field by being a CNA, the fantasies I had in my head ran out the door quicker than this crazy patient who ran out of the room with no clothes on. Hell, I have some interesting stories from my butt-wiping days. I thought it was something I wanted but things just change. That’s all I can say. My desire to do that kind of job just went away. I was feeling burnt out only weeks after I started. Sometimes, that’s just what happens, with people, things, and, yes, definitely interests. It’s okay to try something out and then change your mind. The way I’ve seemed to learn what I like is just by simply trying them. Helps more than hurts!

“WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH THAT” UM…

“Well young lady what are you going to do with that major?”

“That major is useless”
“You’ll never make money with that job”

Ok then don’t major in that? Don’t do that job? Why are we so fixated on the reputation of majors? Do you want to major in Art? Cool, that’s awesome and I bet you’re going to make some amazing work. Do you want to major in Religious Studies? Great. You’ll be able to understand other’s perspectives and forego being a close-minded bigot! Good for you regardless, you’re still getting that education!

Don’t belittle other’s goals or one-up them just because they’re not as grand or luxurious as yours are. It’s their life, not yours. Sit down.

*mic drop*

I hope you enjoyed this week’s post and could gain some insight! I have been MEGA slacking since this semester started but I plan on getting back in my groove. Procrastinating really takes it out of you. No sarcasm intended here.

Feel free to contact me if you have anything you want to see me write about for these upcoming weeks 🙂

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