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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Getting Straight A's In College Is Not Worth Failing Your Mental Health

A's are nice, but you are more than a letter.

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The idea of getting an A on every paper, every exam, every assignment, seems great. It can be known as a reassurance of our hard work and dedication to our 4+ classes we attend every single day.

Losing sleep, skipping meals, forgetting to drink water, skipping out on time with friends and family; these are the things that can occur when your letter of an A is what you are living for.

You are worth more than the grade letter, or the GPA number on your transcript.

Listen, don't get me wrong, getting A's and B's definitely is something to feel accomplished for. It is the approval that you did it, you completed your class, and your hard work paid off.

But honey, get some sleep.

Don't lose yourself, don't forget who you are. Grades are important, but the true measurement of self-worth and accomplishment is that you tried your best.

Trying your best, and working hard for your goals is something that is A-worthy.

Reserve time for yourself, for your sanity, your health, your mental health.

At the end of the day, grades might look nice on a piece of paper, but who you are and how you represent yourself can be even more honorable.

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This Semester Practically Broke My Will To Live

If I didn't have a life worth living, this semester would've swept me away.

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So this is gonna be a rant. Be prepared.

This semester started out so great. The classes I was taking were a step in the best direction for my major and minor. I would like to be a journalist one day, so I tried my hand at the journalistic writing course that's required for the major to get to the next major classes.

Now, I'm not saying it was difficult to pretend to write breaking news, but the professor made me hate my own writing. I felt like not only was my writing inadequate to become a journalist, it felt like someone was blatantly telling me that I was never going to get better.

So I continued writing the assignments and kept getting 79, 73, 80 as grades, but the submission comments were harsh and the critique was harder than I'd ever seen on any assignment. Why give me these grades if I didn't deserve them?

Did I mention that I wouldn't be able to get into any of the other classes for my major if I didn't pass journalistic writing?

On top of this, I was in a group project with only one other student. We were the group. So the group work consisted of me barely making any traction with any of my own ideas and then following what my partner wanted. It was extremely unbalanced and it felt like a constant struggle.

And finally, of course, the only class I did well in was the class that only progressed my minor's requirements.

This semester chewed me up and spit me out and still wanted me for seconds. My head has been throbbing for two weeks straight and I'm ready for a much-deserved winter break full of gourmet spiked eggnog and countless mounds of mashed potatoes.

Have a better winter break!

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