Yes, I'm A Communications Major, But No, I'm Not Wasting My Time

Yes, I'm A Communications Major, But No, I'm Not Wasting My Time

"Do you really think you're going to get a good job with that degree?"

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I am about to be going into my third year of college. After taking a year off, I couldn't be more excited to finally go back and pursue the journey to getting my degree and pursuing my career. What many always ask when you tell them you are a college student, is "What are you studying?" To which I, proudly, tell them I am a communications major.

I'm so sick of the looks I get when I tell them that.

"Well, that's not going to get you very far."

"What could you possible do with that!"

"Another millennial picking a useless major that won't get them anywhere in life, so they can feel entitled to asking for a handout later."

Yeah, someone actually told me that last one.

The question I always ask them in return is if they actually know what a communications major is. They always tend to reply with "something involving television." They seriously have no idea! These people are criticizing my choice of study, when they have no idea what the courses consist of!

Now, I'm not saying I'm going to make as much as our business or accounting majors, but the positions I could apply for with having a bachelors in communications are endless.

My goal in obtaining my bachelors in communications is to be a writer/editor. You'd be surprised how many companies are looking for people qualified for that position. But that's not where my degree ends either. The courses I take range from public speaking to mass media to marketing and more. While what I want to pursue is editorial position, I could also apply for media planner, public/human relations, advertising/marketing, film production, the possibilities are almost endless!

I laugh whenever someone tries to tell me I won't get anywhere with my degree. Especially when they have no idea what I am studying to begin with. Most of them either; didn't graduate college themselves, went to college and dropped out or went to college and got a degree in a "practical" job that they now hate and can't get out of.

Stop telling people, no matter what their major is, that it will not get them anywhere. ESPECIALLY, when you yourself have no idea anything about that major of study!

Or, keep doing it and keep pushing people to show you that they can do amazing things with their degree, while doing something they love!

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Academics and Creativity Conflicts

Academics is definitely something important for students, but it seems that creativity is pushed aside too often.

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As students, we are heavily focused on academics. Some of us may also be heavily focused on athletics. Anything that helps or is integrated into our academic careers has a way of controlling how we live our daily life. We go to class, we study and do homework, we attend activities/work, and then we most likely have little time to relax.

One thing that seems to lack in the academic world is creativity. Many students may say "Well, I'm not creative." Why have students subjected themselves to being uncreative individuals? How does someone define "creativity" as the verbatim definition across the world? Creativity can be used widely if we are aware of how it can be done.

  1. In the classroom, students can find creative ways to approach a debate, a different way of understanding a topic, changing the argument and allowing different perspectives and voices to be heard, and so much more.
  2. Students can find different ways of changing the issues our communities may face such as homelessness, segregated communities, etc.
  3. Organizations can be created to fill in the gaps our communities may have (including in a university).
  4. Students can remain to do creative activities such as crafts, writing, art, etc. This can be done within different organizations or in the comfort of the student's home.
  5. There are different platforms that encourage creativity like photoshop, video editing software, websites like Wattpad to create and share your own stories, and more.

We cannot let academics take over every moment of our lives. It can easily result in a point where we have no motivation to do anything at all because we are in a constant routine that can drain us. We are more than school, although it is still very important. If we shall succeed, we have to embrace the things we love to do and not forget about who we are.

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