I want to kick off my first blog post of 2013 with one of the biggest issues I am facing this semester. It’s an issue that I know many of you and other college students around the globe are also facing. It’s an issue that appears in numerous movies, TV’s, and books. So, obviously it’s not an originally issue, but that doesn’t make it any less difficult.
I am talking about choosing the right major. I have read plenty of articles that focus on the age old debate of whether to pick something that is practical in terms of economic outcome or to choose something you are passionate about. I think we can all agree that pursuing a higher education is not exactly cheap. So, if we are going to spend all of this money getting the proper training we need to enter the work force, then naturally we would want something that would give us our money’s worth in the end. This is why many people choose careers that have been statistically observed to produce individuals with higher incomes.However, what’s the point in making more money, but despising what you do. This is where following your passions come in. Even if you choose a major that typically leads to lower paying careers, but it makes you feel fulfilled and like you have a purpose, then isn’t it worth it?
Recently, I read an article that changed my perspective on the process of choosing a major. It was written by a former graduate of the Harvard University. In the article, the author explains that it isn’t about money or passions, it’s about the education. After all, that is why we’re here. He expanded on this by saying that what we really need to focus on are things like cooperation, adaptability, flexibility, and most importantly global knowledge. According to him these are things that employers across many fields want out of potential employees. His advice to choosing a major? Don’t worry about it. Focus on learning life skills, not skills that lead to specific careers. He also mentions that it’s best to choose a major that you know you are capable of mastering, but that also challenges you to grow as an individual.
Therefore in conclusion, I want to say that regardless of your major or your career field it is possible to be a leader, it is possible to make a difference, and it is possible to evoke social change. Instead of focusing so much on what will be printed on our degrees, let’s focus on building ourselves as individuals and just let the rest fall into place!