Creative And Liberal Art Majors Vs. STEM Majors

Creative And Liberal Art Majors Vs. STEM Majors

Why you should respect creative minds.
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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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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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Severus Snape Is The Worst, And Here's Why

Albus Severus, sweetie, I'm so sorry...

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I grew up being absolutely obsessed with the Harry Potter franchise. I read the books for the first time in second and third grade, then again in middle school, and for the third time in my last year of high school. Recently, I had a somewhat heated argument with a fellow fan of the books about Severus Snape. As I've reread the Harry Potter books, I've noticed that, although J.K. Rowling tried to give him a redemption arc, he only got worse because of it. Here's why I still think Severus Snape is the absolute worst.

His love for Lily Potter was actually really creepy. When I was younger and reading the books, I always found the fact that he held fast in his love for Lily to be very endearing, even noble. However, rereading it after going through a couple of relationships myself, I've come to realize that the way he pined over her was super creepy. It was understandable during his time at Hogwarts; he was bullied, and she was the only one who "understood" him. However, she showed zero interest, and if that didn't clue him into realizing that he should back off, her involvement with James Potter should have. She was married. He was pining after a married, happy woman. If he truly loved her, he would have realized how happy she was and backed off. Instead, he took it out on her orphan son and wallowed in bitterness and self-pity, which is creepy and extremely uncool. When a girl is kind to a boy during high school (or in this case, wizard school), it's not an open invitation for him to pine for her for the literal rest of his life and romanticizes the absolute @#$% out of her. It's just her being a decent person. Move on, Severus.

He verbally abused teenagers. One of the most shocking examples of this is in The Prisoner of Azkaban when Snape literally told Neville Longbottom that he would kill his beloved toad, Trevor if he got his Shrinking Potion wrong, and then punished him when he managed to make the potion correctly. Furthermore, poor Neville's boggart was literally Snape. The amount of emotional torture Neville must have been enduring from Snape to create this type of debilitating fear must have been almost unbearable, and even if Snape was simply trying to be a "tough" professor, there is no excuse for creating an atmosphere of hostility and fear like he did in his potions class for vulnerable students like Neville. In addition, he ruthlessly tormented Harry (the last living piece of Lily Potter, his supposed "true love," btw), and made fun of Hermione Granger's appearance. Sure, he might have had a terrible life. However, it's simply a mark of poor character to take it out on others, especially when the people you take it out on are your vulnerable students who have no power to stand up to you. Grow up.

He willingly joined a terrorist group and helped them perform genocide and reign over the wizarding world with terror tactics for a couple of decades. No explanation needed as to why this is terrible.

Despite the constant romanticization of his character, I will always see the core of Severus Snape, and that core is a bitter, slimy, genocidal, manipulative trash being. J.K. Rowling's attempt to redeem him only threw obsessive and controlling traits into the mix. Snape is the absolute worst, and romanticizing him only removes criticism of an insane man who just so happened to be capable of love (just like the vast majority of the rest of us). Thank you, next.

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