When people find out that I’m majoring in psychology, there are a few different reactions I get. I hear that I’m not going to make any money, that I chose this major because it's easy, and that I can now figure out why “said person” is crazy. Basically, most of the time, I get more negative reactions towards my major than positive. However, none of these have anything to do with why I’m a psych major.
I’m a psychology major because I’m drawn to people and their behavior. I see people differently than those who may be of a different major. I’m constantly analyzing and watching people wherever I go. This isn’t in a creepy way; I just tend to constantly be wondering what makes others do the things they do. I question why people act a certain way and what is behind their motives. I’m curious about mental disorders and how certain factors influence our lives. It just seems so interesting that every one of us acts differently and there is a reason behind all of this. I want to understand people and why we feel and act in certain ways.
I also genuinely want to help people. I’ve been through extremely difficult times in my life where I had no one by my side. I had to build myself up from the bottom on my own and from that I know how difficult it can be to need someone but have no one. I don’t want anyone to ever feel like they are alone and no one understands them, therefore I want to help and make a difference in people's lives.
Also, psychology plays a roll in almost everything, even some things you might not know. It’s always helpful to understand people and the motives behind their behavior. In almost every job, it is beneficial to be able to work well with people.
Overall, I’m excited to learn about psychology and love what I do in the future. I want to make a difference in people's lives and maybe I won’t be earning as much money as people in other majors, but I’ll love what I do. So despite the negative connotations that come with being a psych major, I’m still going to work hard because it’s enough for me to know that I’m helping people.