I read a blog entry on the NY Times today by Jeffrey Selingo titled, Does the College Major Matter? Not Really.
“…We all majored in what we were interested in. The curiosity and the willingness to adapt are more important than what the degree is in.” ~David Muir
I believe this is so true.
I think college is a great opportunity to expose people to a creative and stimulative environment and to learn, grow and connect with people from all different backgrounds. It’s an opportunity to network and build relationships. To absorb and learn all that you desire. To utilize your creativity and come up with innovative ideas.
It’s to build a foundation for your future learnings.
College is not a 4-year ticket to a high paying job…
You have to go beyond that thinking and really choose what it is you want to study. What drives you to work? What are you most passionate about?
Students need to look beyond the salary price tag of a major and choose something they are going to enjoy and flourish from.
Too often people major in things that they don’t even enjoy doing and then they go on and begin a career they are even more miserable in.
They work 50 hours a week to obtain all of these material things—to keep up with the Joneses—and figure they will enjoy their life after they retire?
When they retire? What about the life they are living now?
What kind of a life is that?
It doesn’t have to be that way.
And a choosing a major doesn’t mean you HAVE to get a job in that field.
I majored in visual journalism, and the entire time I went through the courses I never seriously thought that was what I wanted a career in. I never had dreams of being a reporter or a journalist…
But boy did I love what I was learning.
To be able to connect with and communicate with those around me.
To tell stories and share them with rest of the world.
That’s why I finished a degree in journalism.
And I’m not worried that I won’t ever have a job.
Because I can truly do anything.
You just have to want it—with passion, enthusiasm, and a sense of curiosity for the world around you…
As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.”