For Money or Passion?

For Money or Passion?

Do we follow the status quo or do we venture off and follow our hearts...
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For the last two years, I've been getting criticized for choosing to major in Mass Communications. "There's no money in that!" "That major is so easy, I'm sure." "You're going to be poor and struggling." Pause, with the way the world is going today, we're all going to be poor and struggling with our current economy. But I digress. Money or passion? That's the question.

In the mind of a high school senior, "should I be an engineer or a cosmetologist?" A teacher or an artist? A computer scientist or a dancer? Engineers, teachers, and computer scientists are presumed to make the most money in our country today. But in our generation, our burning passions are in dancing, creating art, doing hair, writing and reporting, etc. The things that are presumed a "waste of money." A waste of a major, an easy major, and the opposite of money makers.

My major is Mass Communications with a minor in Spanish. Mass Communications involves writing, reporting, publishing, editing, public relations, marketing, advertising, the list goes on. However, I'm still looked down on for choosing passion over money. Little do they know, depending on the job I end up having, I'll get to experience both passion and money.

In the eyes of parents paying for their child's collegiate career, they feel that choosing passion over money is not the future they want for their child. But honestly, most of us are trying to live the best of both worlds but primarily choosing passion. A lot of us don't want to be in a job a few years down the road loathing waking up in the mornings, staring at the clock all day waiting for lunch time and longing for quitting time. We want to work with people we have things in common with, people we can talk to and hang out with outside of work. We may not have our futures paved out to a T but we know what we want to have.

I chose passion because I've been writing forever, I love spilling my thoughts out on paper and letting my fingers do the talking for me. I love surrounding myself with people who are like-minded but are also unique in their writing. I love learning from other writers in ways that'll help me to become a better writer. It's passion I chose and I have no regrets.

Some may do it for the money, others do it for the passion.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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The Ups and Downs of Being a Double Major

Its more complicated than I thought it would be.

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Before starting university, I was in love with the idea of graduating with a double major. What an opportunity, I thought, to be able to do two degrees in four years. Why would anyone not graduate with a double major?

Although I still believe in all of these things, I would say that my relationship with my double majors is over its honeymoon phase. As I write this, there is exactly one week before I have to pick the classes for the second semester of my sophomore year, and I am freaking out. Possibly due to me changing one of my intended majors at the end of my freshman year, or simply due to the heavy amount of credits and pre-requisites that need to be completed for two majors, I think that enrollment day is much more stressful for double majors.

Doing a double major in four years takes a lot of organization and thinking ahead, and these things are especially hard for a teenager starting college. Something that is necessary for planning ahead, is knowing what you want. Even though this sounds simple in theory, it is hard to imagine that a seventeen or eighteen-year-old coming into college is completely sure in which direction they want to take their career. I thought I was sure, and planned ahead and organized myself, but after my first year, I completely changed my mind. Teenagers and young adults probably change their minds so much because their personalities and interests are still changing and evolving, compared to adult minds, which although still experience some change and development, this happens at a much more slower rate.

The transition from adolescence to adulthood that happens around the age in which most people start university makes this process all the more complicated. There is a crazy difference in the amount of advising I had during high school compared to how much advice I get in college, as high school students are treated more like children that need guidance as opposed to college students being treated as independent adults. Although I think this independence is something positive, there is no denying that it comes with an abrupt change that takes some getting used to and adaptation. But with a double major, there isn't much time to adapt.

In addition to this, part of the experience of studying in a liberal arts college or university is being able to explore various areas of interest to you. I have found that with a double major, I have little space in my schedule for other classes that aren't fulfilling general requirements for the core curriculum (most of which are also requirements for my majors) or aren't major requirements. Although I get to explore two different areas in great depth as majors, I can't help but feel like I am missing out by not taking many classes in other departments.

Even though I have just written 500 words on the downsides of double majoring, I still stand with my decision to graduate with a double major. I believe each one of my majors opens up different doors for my professional future and this way I won't have to decide so early on in what area I want to work in or to stop pursuing some of my interests in great depth.

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