I was the type that was dead-set on what she wanted to do. I knew exactly what I wanted from a career, and how to go about getting it. I swore up and down for two years that I was the exception; I was the college student that would never change her major.
Boy, was I wrong.
For the past three semesters, I'd been a student on a Public Relations track. I wanted to be a publicist in the music industry or work for an environmental ally like the Sierra Club. I was going to major in Mass Communications: Public Relations, minor in writing, and possibly pick up a double minor in sustainability. I had this perfect plan for my life, and none of it included just randomly changing my major on a Thursday afternoon.
Have Your Voice Heard: Become an Odyssey Creator
It all started back in August, when I got a letter explaining that I, as a Mass Communications major, would be obligated to buy a MacBook Pro (one of the most expensive laptops on the market) before the following August. This gave me exactly one year to save roughly $1700. At a minimum wage job working 15 hours a week, that was close to impossible. I tried raising money through GoFundMe, but only came up with about $170. That's only about a tenth of the cost of one of these overpriced, over-glorified chunks of lithium and plastic. But, nonetheless, I tried to push on, knowing that it was probably impossible to meet my goal and save all that money. I found myself bored in my PR classes. The instructors annoyed me with how much they talked about themselves, and I didn't feel like I was learning anything at all, let alone enjoying myself. I figured I'd find my passion in another class taught by someone a little different; I figured I'd hold out a little longer.
But then I took a creative writing class.
Have you ever had one of those professors that just inspires you to go after anything? One that encourages you, no matter what? My Intro to Creative Writing professor this semester is like that. He literally changed my life.
There we were, on Thursday afternoon, bantering back and forth about the building renovations. I mentioned that my PR Principles professor cancelled classes for the previous day because they moved all the desks out of her classroom. My professor replied jokingly, "If you were an English major, you wouldn't have to worry about that." I told him I really wanted to be, but I really didn't want to starve all my life. Long story short, he pulled out some research he had on hand (I know, it was almost meant to be) and started spouting off median salaries of some students that had graduated the English program here at SEMO, and assured me I wouldn't starve. And then it hit me:
If I changed my major, I wouldn't have to buy a MacBook Pro.
That afternoon, I dropped all of my Mass Comm classes for the next semester, enrolled in some English courses, and marched up to Grauel 301 to fill out the paperwork to change my major to English with an emphasis on writing.
The girl who swore to never give up Public Relations did it.
Changing my major scares me - don't get me wrong. Ever since I switched out of the PR program, I've been telling myself, "Okay, figure out what direction you want to take this English degree in, Karma." I don't know what I'm going to be doing three years from now. I don't know what kind of job I want or where I may end up, and that terrifies me. But, what scared me even more than this uncertainty was ending up doing something I wasn't happy with.
We're only given one life. I realized at about 11:45 on Thursday morning that I'd rather be uncertain about my future but happy with my work than having the promise of a growing job field that came hand-in-hand with boredom and resentment for my practice. If I'm only given one chance, I want to enjoy it. I don't want to be another person who hates their job but lives with it. I want to be the someone who goes to the office smiling and excited to take on whatever they're tasked with. I want to write. I want to be creative. I want to be honest. I don't want to clean up messes. I want to write.
If you're unhappy with your major, I beg you to change it. Find something you love so you don't spend your life unhappy. Even if it isn't the most practical thing in the world, I want you to go for it. There's no better feeling than doing what you love.