Is There Really A Right Major?

Is There Really A Right Major?

The major discrimination happening in colleges and universities today.

As a society, we have become accustomed to many social norms — one of the most important being attending college. Want to make your parents the happiest people on earth? Say the simple words…. “I’m majoring in Law/Medicine/or Education,” as those are known as the “smart choices.” But with as much debt and stress as we go through just to secure a job, shouldn’t we do what we love?

When I was little, I remember telling my parents I wanted to be a chef or artist, and their automatic response was, “That’s great honey, but you need to choose something more realistic.” Understandable, but a bit contradicting when parents also tell you your entire life to dream big. I was always interested in art, especially more in the layout of things. But when high school rolled around and the pressure was on to start thinking about college, I took a few anatomy classes and figured nursing would be a decent career that would definitely please everyone. As I began freshman year of college in the nursing program at my university, I began to slowly realize that this was not something I was interested in doing the rest of my life at all. But how could I change my major? My parents were already joyfully telling their friends how proud they were of their daughter, the future nurse.

By the end of the semester, I couldn’t take it anymore. I needed to make a change to benefit myself, and that is when I discovered graphic design. I am now ending my sophomore year and am absolutely in love with my major. Looking forward to going to class every day and excited for what the future holds in my career. But even with happiness, I can still see the forced support and worry in my parents' eyes.

Especially with so many college graduates now, the job search is a bit more difficult. But as difficult as it may be, should we not choose something off the path of the “social norm” to do something we are passionate about? Any field in the arts can be scary career-wise, but if you have a love for doing it then you should go for it. What is the point in dreaming big if the restraints of judgment from others will hold you back? If you have the determination for it, your goals are attainable. Primarily with the advancement/rise of technology in today’s society, graphic designing, in particular, is rising in the career field. There should be no negative connotation with any major at all. Any major in college is a viable career; it just depends on the determination you have to make it happen.

We are the generation that has made the most strides creatively and technologically. We are the generation that takes risks. So we need to be the generation to follow our dreams to make them a reality, no matter what is determined to be normal. There is no wrong major in college, but only the right one that fits your passion.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.

Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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Coping With The Loss Of A Passion

It's hard to get it back once you lose it.


In college, time to focus on passions seems limited. The homework, essays, group projects, and exams are never-ending.

In high school, I took my free time for granted. I was dancing four hours four nights a week, but I wasn't constantly stressed. I had time to focus on my passion, which is dance.

In college, I am a part of an amazing dance club. But I don't get to compete, take technique classes, or be with the team I was with since I was 8 years old. Now, I receive videos of my team from home's amazing performances, and it aches a bit. I am so proud and happy for their growth but jealous that they have more years than I do. It is nearly impossible to find technique classes at college to take with no car, little free time, and barely any money. I miss my team, I miss my dance teachers and choreographers, and I miss competitions, but most of all, I miss the person I was when I had the opportunity to pursue my passion several hours a week.

My passion will always be there, and I do get to pursue dance on a smaller scale with some amazing dancers in college, but I am coping with the fact that I will never do another competition with my team again, I will never be able to dance with them again, and I will never be able to learn from my dance teachers again. It's a hard loss, one that I think about every day.

To anyone who still has the opportunities to pursue their passions to the fullest extent, you are lucky. Not everyone gets the chance to keep up with their sport, passion, or activity that they dedicated all of their time to in high school. Don't take a single second of it for granted, and remember why you are doing what you are doing. Take time to reflect on why you love it so much, how it makes you feel, and how you can express yourself during it. Whatever this passion or activity is, make every second count.

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