If College Majors Were Flowers

If College Majors Were Flowers

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There is a seemingly new trend of "If College Majors Were ___" circulating on Odyssey. I must admit, they're all pretty accurate and fun to read. So find your major on this list and share with your friends to let them know what flower you are based on your college major!


All the majors - a dead flower.


Let's be honest, as college students we're all dead on the inside.

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7 Truths About Being A Science Major

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Whether your major is Human Bio, Chemistry, Neuroscience or any other that deals with a lot of numbers, theories, experiments and impossibly memorizing facts, you know the pressures of pursuing a career in this field. So without further ado, here are seven truths about being a science major:

1. There is no “syllabus week.”

Coming back to college in the fall is one of the best times of the year. Welcome week has become most students' favorite on-campus holiday. But then you have syllabus week: another widely celebrated week of no responsibilities… Unless you’re a science major that is. While your other friends get to enjoy this week of getting to know their professors and class expectations, you get to learn about IUPAC nomenclature of alkanes on the first day of organic chem.

2. Your heart breaks every time you have to buy a new textbook.

Somehow every professor seems to have their own “special edition” textbook for class… And somehow it’s always a couple hundred bucks… And somehow, it's ALWAYS required.

3. Hearing "attendance is not mandatory," but knowing attendance is VERY mandatory.

Your professor will tell you that they don’t take attendance. Your professor will put all lecture slides online. Your professor will even record their lectures and make those available as well. Yet if you still don’t go to class, you’ll fail for sure. Coming into lecture after missing just one day feels like everyone has learned an entire new language.

4. You’re never the smartest person in your class anymore.

No matter what subject, what class or what concentration, there will always be someone who is just that much better at it than you.

5. You get totally geeked out when you learn an awesome new fact.

Today in genetics you learned about mosaicism. The fact that somebody can have a disease in part of their total body cells but normal throughout all others gets you so hype. Even though you know that your family, friends and neighbors don’t actually care about your science facts, you HAVE to tell them all anyways.

6. There is never enough time in a day.

You are always stuck choosing between studying, eating, sleeping and having fun. If you're lucky, you'll get three of these done in one day. But if you're a risk taker, you can try to do all of these at once.

7. You question your major (and your sanity) almost daily.

This is especially true when it’s on a Tuesday night and you’ve already consumed a gallon of Starbucks trying to learn everything possible before your . Or maybe this is more prevalent when you have only made it through about half of the BioChem chapter and you have to leave for your three hour lab before your exam this afternoon. Regardless, you constantly wonder if all the stress is actually worth it, but somehow always decide that it is.

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Yes, It's Finally OK To Say That You Don't Have To Go To College

Graduating from high school is now like graduating from middle school.

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It has been drilled into our heads that we have to go to college. Graduating from high school is now like graduating from middle school, with college being the unquestionable next step. But with student debt at an all-time high, and tuition costs continuing to rise, more high school graduates are questioning their next moves.

For a while, it was taboo to say that it was OK not to go to college. Now, I think we can all agree that college isn't for everyone and that many people can really benefit from going to trade school or pursuing alternative career paths

After all, a degree doesn't automatically equal a better career or life.

If you're thinking of attending college, are already in school or have graduated, I can bet that at least one of your reasons for pursuing higher education was because your parents — or society — told you to.

But if you're not truly passionate about the degree you're pursuing, or you just picked a career that should make you a lot of money, is it worth going into heavy debt to attain your degree?

We're at a point where a lot of people are putting their lives on hold because of debt. They're not getting married. They're not buying houses. They're not having children. And all of this is because they simply have too much debt.

Of course, not every student has to go into debt to earn a degree. If you have the means to earn a degree with minimal or no debt, then there is no reason not to go for it.

But don't just assume that a degree in anything will automatically translate into a better career and a better life. I know plenty of people who graduated college only to enter a saturated industry with few job options. Some went back to school, while others took lower-paying jobs that didn't even require a degree.

Don't get me wrong. College can certainly give you a better life and career. If you already know the career path you want, then college may be the only way to attain your goals.

But just blindly pursuing a major you don't really care about is just wasting your time and money.

If you don't know what you want to do with your life career-wise, then it may be worthwhile to just start working and figuring out what you want to do before jumping straight into college.

With so many people pursuing college degrees, we're seeing fewer people entering the trades. There's now an increased demand for trades and skilled labor.

The construction industry, in particular, is seeing a tremendous labor shortage. If you like working with your hands and don't mind manual labor, this may be a great career option for you. We're also seeing a lack of plumbers and other skilled workers. Many workers in these industries are heading for retirement, and they have no one to fill their positions.

What many high school graduates don't realize is that these careers still offer excellent salaries. Electricians, for example, earn a median salary of $57,720 per year. You can still earn a good living without having to go into serious debt.

I'm not trying to discourage people from attending college. I'm just trying to encourage students to think about their next steps before they walk blindly into a major or career that doesn't pan out the way they had hoped.

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