Major-Shaming Is Unnecessary
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Major-Shaming Is Unnecessary

We all have different stories and personalities and it's about time we opened the discussion of accepting our differences and abilities to use for our college experience and future career choices through our majors.

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Major-Shaming Is Unnecessary
Florida College Access Network

If you wince whenever you hear the question, "So what's your major?", you're not alone. It seems that if you are not a student studying a well-known major, you're perceived as having little chance of success in the future. But that's nowhere near true, considering we need a variety of workers in different careers throughout the nation to fill in the missing gaps.

While it's fantastic that health and science majors are highly respected and seen as the answer to a guaranteed job after graduation, there are still many majors who will be able to find the same opportunities as their peers. It's time to stop asking and stating, "What are you going to do with that? There're no jobs for ___!".

Another issue is that particular majors are seen as either too hard or easy to breeze through, and that if you take a major deemed not as work-heavy, you're taking the "easy way" out. People will also claim that you're "crazy" for double-majoring or taking majors that require a bit more workload than another. But why is any of that even a deciding factor in anything, and how did the idea come about that because a student is doing a certain major, it defines their work ethic and attitude?

We need to stop criticizing people for wanting to do things out of the social norm. The world needs more sociologists, anthropologists, interpreters, writers, musicians, artists, and numerous other people with different background knowledge willing to dedicate their time to something after college to better themselves. Friends need to stop putting other friends down for their major decisions along with parents who need to have a more open acceptance of their children's choices.

The next time you speak to your friend, child, or student, think about their interests and skills. Realize that these sets of different interests may be a contributing factor to their success in the major of their choosing. Not everyone can deal with hospital or lab settings, or they don't really care for the arts or working with people in certain settings.

There is no reason to put any other major above another. As long as a student is succeeding in what they are doing and finding happiness in their studies, there should be no shame included in that. It's best to ask the person who is taking the major what they plan on doing after college when bringing up jobs and career choices, rather than assuming there is nothing worth chasing after. You might be surprised to find out that some of the people you interact with everyday could be working at familiar stores or offices with a background in that specific major.

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