Creative And Liberal Art Majors Vs. STEM Majors

Creative And Liberal Art Majors Vs. STEM Majors

Why you should respect creative minds.

Over the years, there has been an ongoing battle between creative majors and liberal arts majors versus the STEM majors. If you are in college now or getting ready to graduate high school, I am sure you know exactly what I am talking about.

I often hear fellow students discussing how they are more likely to be successful than any other major because they are in the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — while pitting themselves against the liberal arts and creative studies. Creative majors, such as illustration, design or fine arts, are just some of the studies people deem to be lesser. People assume that drawing, designing or digital art takes absolutely no skill. Liberal art majors, such as history, advertising, public relations or sociology, are a few subjects in which some people believe to be insignificant to world evolution. People continue to talk down on these majors without exactly knowing why they are needed and why they are still relevant today and to future society. Therefore, creating a dichotomy that actually does not make sense.

All companies are faced with some sort of problem ranging from a plethora of different foundations. Let's take Tidal's streaming services for example. Tidal has a major business problem in which there are a million other services out there doing the same thing and has yet to find a way to differentiate itself from the others, so no revenue is being created. Why has Tidal failed at overcoming other streaming services? Simply because it lacks a story. The content that is offered is not enough to keep consumers interested. The team behind the madness is not using a creative enough mindset in order to make them stand out among the competition.

Musician David Byrne states that in order to excel in subjects like math and science, you are to "think outside the box," which is a popular demand that employers will ask of their workers in order to solve problems. The best way to approach Tidal's problem is to build a team of creative thinkers who have a background of various studies under their belt. You will obtain a creative thinking from the arts, whereas the STEM fields deal with a more structured and concrete way of thinking and way of teaching. With such a vast range of knowledge, you are a more well-rounded individual. This allows you to think differently from your colleagues.

Some may disagree with this argument. They say that there are people who have surpassed expectations without having knowledge of the arts. I'm not denying that this has happened, but it is clear to see that people tend to exceed in their fields when they have a foundation in the arts and knowledge of the sciences. This is due to the fact that they have knowledge from multiple disciplines, including the arts. Even someone like Steve Jobs, who dropped out of school, had people on his team that had both creative and STEM backgrounds.

There is also science behind this topic! Theories like the left-brain or right-brain dominance sparked part of this debate in which a specific number of traits come from either side of the brain. The Left-Brain Dominance Theory states that those who use their left brain are more logical, analytical and objective. The Right-Brain Dominance Theory states that those who use their right brain are more creative, intuitive and expressive. Of course, these are only theories. But if these theories are true, would it not be useful to have a grouping of people who embody one or the other strongly or to have someone who uses both sides to their advantage? A well-rounded individual makes for greater success than someone who is only versed in one discipline.

In National Geographic's "The Importance of Art Education," Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses how cultures thrive from the arts and sciences. It doesn't just take engineers, scientists or those with a STEM background to make a great idea come to life. It takes artists, designers, social workers and so many more. People forget that Leonardo da Vinci is still a legend today because of the impeccable knowledge of painting, music, literature, anatomy, engineering and so much more that he used toward his work. People forget about great Greek philosophers like Socrates and Aristotle. People forget about the works the Egyptians did that was by no means less than great.

Everyone should value creative, liberal arts and STEM majors. They are all vital to the success of society. Yes, STEM fields can be more demanding, but that does not make them more or less worthy than other degrees. So stop demeaning those who choose the creative route. Support people getting their college degrees!

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If Taylor Swift Songs Were Types Of Alcohol

Because what's better than a drink and some T-Swift?

With Taylor Swift's quick return to the music scene... and in a big way, might I add, I decided to associate some of the best Taylor Swift songs with alcohol.

I mean, who wouldn't want to drink to Taylor Swift's catchy melodies and perfect choruses to get over an ex or tell someone exactly how you feel about them?

Taylor Swift has been around for a decade at this point, and let's face it, pretty much all of her songs could go along with at least one type of alcohol.

1. "Welcome To New York" - Moscow Mule

It only makes sense. Visit the Big Apple and you have to indulge in the state's signature cocktail. Moscow mules are a New York classic, and if it's your first night in the city and you haven't bought yourself one, are you even in New York?

2. "Blank Space" - Everclear

Think about it... A night of drinking Everclear will leave you with a giant blank space the next day. You might also look like Taylor did in the music video.

3. "Tim McGraw" - Beer

Tim McGraw is a throwback to Taylor's high school love. What better way to reminisce than with a couple friends and a keg of your favorite cheap beer?

4. "Style" - Cristal Champagne

What's more stylish than with a glass of the most expensive bubbly you can find? Just like Taylor Swift, Cristal will never go out of style.

5. "Shake It Off" - Martini

Get it? Cause you shake a martini? I might be the only one who thinks that's funny but you might end up dancing a little bit with a martini in hand when "Shake It Off" come on the radio.

6. "Red" - Merlot

Red has to go along with a red wine. What else could go along with yet *another* T-Swift breakup song?

7. "22" - Margaritas

Let's face it, when you're 22, you really only drink margaritas. They're fun- and all the hipsters are probably drinking them too.

8. "Teardrops On My Guitar" - Southern Comfort

When your heart is broken, who are you going to turn to besides the only alcohol that gives you comfort...Southern Comfort that is.

9. "I Knew You Were Trouble" - Fireball

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10. "Look What You Mad Me Do" - Tequila

T-Swift's latest single is an angry one. What better to make you angry than tequila? Taylor basically just called out everyone who had ever talked about her behind her back and she did it in true Taylor fashion-by writing a song. She was probably drunk on tequila when she wrote it too.

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Board Games Are More Important Than You Think They Are

They've become a defining part of my family.


Remember when you were a kid and you'd have a family game night? Or your friends would come over and you'd open the game cabinet and play at least three different games together?

Maybe it's just me, but those are some of my best memories from my childhood. My family loves games, board games, and electronic games.

Of course, as I got older, gaming consoles like PlayStation and Wii became more and more popular. That meant that the game cabinet was opened less and less, collecting dust.

Thankfully, I live in New Jersey near the shore and Hurricane Sandy left my family with no power for five days. Sure, it was scary not having power and walking around my neighborhood seeing fallen trees or roof shingles, but we were inland enough to not have had any flood water damage.

No power also meant no PlayStation or Wii games. The gaming cabinet was opened again, this time with vigor. Now, four years later, and I still think about sitting in the dark with a flashlight playing Scrabble with my family.

That was also the week I learned how to play Yahtzee and dominated my dad in every game. My sister constantly was looking for someone to play her to Battleship. We exhausted Rummikub.

The game was already a family favorite, and that's including extended family. Family barbeques had been ending with late night games of Rummikub for at least a year by the time Sandy hit.

We were ready to strategize and crunch numbers, but after day three, we never wanted to a number ever again.

This semester, there's been a surge of board game love again in my family. My sister bought Jenga, which we are currently trying to exhaust ourselves with. My favorite board game also had a comeback: Life.

I loved this game so much that I had the SpongeBob version as a kid. I would play it with my best friend, just the two of us, playing game after game of Bikini Bottom themed Life. Now, I have a car full of "kids" that I've started to make pets in my head. I can handle having five pretend dogs, but not five pretend kids.

I don't know what it is about board games, but my family has always had an affinity for them. We've gone through our cycles of playing video games and card games, but we always come back to the classics. Maybe it's more a defining part of my family than I originally thought.

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