A Rant On Humanities Majors

A Rant On Humanities Majors

"Oh...so what are you going to do with that?" Whatever I want, thank you very much.

Anyone who majors in a science: I have a lot of respect for you. Honestly. Good for you. I was into all of that physics-y, math-y stuff when I was in middle school, but that ship has long since sailed and I honestly think the world is the better for it (just imagine me as a pharmacist and I'll applaud the mental elasticity you must possess to make that stretch). I'm a humanities/liberal arts person. I love history and philosophy and literature and language and I'm proud of that. I'm studying what I like and I'm happy. That's right, I'm happy. And you know what? I'm going to find a job when I graduate. Yes, I'm making a declaration: I will be employed. I will find a job. And I'll go a step further: I'll find a job because I decided to major in a humanities (okay, little too far, but you get the point).

I'll soon be finalizing the decision that's scared me since I was, like, 12: I'm declaring a major, and I'm sticking to it (*cue applause*). I'm so confident, I'm planning on declaring two by next year at this time. And neither of them have anything to do with business or science (*cue funeral dirge*). I'm ignoring almost every piece of advice I've received. Every statistic and survey I read tells me I'm being stupid. The most "employable" majors are engineering/computer/business-focused and I'm over here signing up for history classes and French lectures. But I refuse to think I'm signing myself up for failure. Why? I'm studying what I love.

Chances are, I'm going to be unemployed at some point in my life. Life is hard, but that doesn't mean you necessarily need to be miserable about it. I'd rather be working some low-paying job I love after four years of studying a field I love even more than spend the next four years hating my coursework only to graduate and realize I hate the real-world application even more. I'll be making money, but I tend to think misery is a bit too high a price to pay for a substantial income, don't you think?

Some people genuinely love science. Some were born destined to run corporations or be physical therapists. But don't judge me because I'm not one of them. Some people just clicked with chemistry or biology or economics or insert-"respectable"-major-here. I did not. And just because myself and millions of other students didn't, doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with us. My advisor just told me that my major is ideal for business school and that liberal arts students tend to kill it on graduate school exams. Why? We read. Like, a lot. And most of the books are as scintillating as watching paint dry or The View (they aren't if you didn't get it). We also tend to have to write papers that require copious amounts of coffee and at least one thesaurus to get through. I'm not sure how, but these "skils" we develop prepare us for success in any field we choose (if you want to disagree, I'll redirect you to the CAS Advising Center).

So I'm majoring in international studies. She's majoring in sociology. He's majoring in English. We don't need your pity, because, well...we just don't. No one forced us to major in these so-called "useless" fields. Show me an unemployed English major and I'll point out any number of people who majored in what society deems to be "employable" struggling to find a job. Because at the end of the day, if the economy is horrible, the economy is horrible, and it doesn't discriminate against your college major. So stop throwing statistics in my face and I can get back to doing the PowerPoint I should have finished instead of writing this article.

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When School Gets Hard

We've All Been There

We’ve all been there. The moments where you’re cramming for the third test this week, desperately trying to shove any and all information into your memory bank for a better shot at an A.

The moments where you’re four hours deep in one day’s worth of homework. The moments where you’re repeating that concept your incomprehensible biology teacher/professor taught earlier in class, begging your brain to just understand what the hell is going on.

The moments where one minute it’s 5:00 p.m. after your extracurricular, and then next, it’s 5:00 a.m., and you’re not even close to being finished with that project. The moments where you’re so frustrated, so drained from thinking for hours, that you just stare at a wall instead and default to doing absolutely nothing, just to save yourself some sanity.

And for some, the moments where you’re so mad you’re forced to overcommit to so much in an effort to obtain your future that you just start crying.

You want that college acceptance letter. You want to see you got into medical school. You want to get straight As and graduate at the top of your class.

However, you also want to be able to unwind and watch your favorite TV show without always subconsciously stressing out about what assignments are due. It’s sad that even in the event that you aren’t slammed with work, you’re convinced you’re missing something anyway because you aren’t used to the feeling of being free. It feels like you have to pick –– social life or school grades.

Either way, one seems to suffer and someone is let down. Then there are also all of the what ifs. What if I miss out on that birthday party? What if my friends hang out without me and leave me behind? What if I let my parents down? What if I don’t get into my dream school? What if I don’t have enough extracurricular activities to be a competitive applicant?

What if I fail?

But the question really is: what if you don’t?

Hear this out. What if you just took a deep breath here and organized your thoughts? It doesn’t have to feel so chaotic all of the time. Despite what you may be thinking, you are going to make it. You’ve got the grit, determination, and heart that it takes because you’ve made it this far.

I know you have the go-getter attitude necessary to make it happen because even when you’re moaning and groaning and maybe even crying while you’re studying for that big exam, you don’t stop what you’re doing.

You keep driving until you’ve got it down. It’s incredible, and I applaud you for it. I appreciate your efforts, even if you think others don’t, and I know that you’ll be rewarded for your strength down the road. Absolutely nothing is impossible as long as you work for it, which is exactly what you’re doing.

However, please keep your mental health in check. You shouldn’t be grinding every second of every day. That would take a toll on anyone’s mind. Space things out. Get that project done ahead of time when you know you have a day that’s not as congested. Use your weekdays to get everything done that you need to, then relax on the weekends.

Throw in an hour or two of studying if you feel like you have to do something. Study the material as you go, not the day before the test. Keep a journal of things you need to get done in a day and demolish the list.

As for your mental health, hang out with your friends. That doesn’t mean you have to go every time, but your friends can help you in a way you don’t even think about. Find a hobby that destresses you, and use it when you feel yourself getting tense. Make sure you leave time for YOU.

In the end, not everything is as big of a deal as it seems. It may seem important to get an A on every test, but truly one B or C will not kill your future as a whole. One bad grade on your transcript isn’t going to keep you from getting into college or medical school.

Keep the trend going up. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Work hard but make sure you’re having fun, too. Life is too short to live it completely tense one hundred percent of the time. Odds are, you aren’t going to fail unless you let yourself. Keep plugging away at your goals and aspirations. Let nothing stop you.

Keep the faith.

Get that A.

Go to medical school.

I believe in you. You should, too.

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College is the number one place where you have the ability to experience freedom for the first time. The freedom you receive can teach you so much on how you should organize your time and learn what you should prioritize.

College is one of the best times in your life, through the memories you create and the mistakes you make, so it is important to take every opportunity and make the best of it.

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