Please Stop Shoving STEM Majors Down My Throat

Please Stop Shoving STEM Majors Down My Throat

I'm not into machines, equations, or formulas. I'm into books about people and how they work deep down in their souls.

If you went to public school anytime in the last 15 years, you probably had STEM pushed at you a million times. Public schools particularly have been promoting these programs heavily, trying to get children to go into math and science fields. I don't have a problem with this. I think that we need doctors and engineers and mathematicians and all of that other stuff. I think all of you who are into STEM are great, and this is nothing personal.

Here's my problem: when STEM was pushed at me, it was done in such a way that it ridiculed the humanities.

I'm a double major in English and History. I like to hang out with stuff written by dead people. I like books. I like old documents. I like looking at people and how they act. I like knowing how a book would impact its original readership. I'm not into machines, equations, or formulas — I'm into people and how they work deep down in their souls. I can't do math to save my life. I've never enjoyed my science classes. That's who I am. I'm not going to change that.

But there were times when I felt ridiculous for wanting to study these things more. Even as far back as middle school when I leaned toward the humanities, I was being told that I would never find a job or make money.

I've been told by some people that I'll probably be a waitress for my entire life because there's no way I can ever get a job that'll pay enough to support me. I've had family members tell me that I should switch majors and be pre-med or a business major, that I can go to grad school and get an English degree once I have a solid background in something that I can actually use.

Now, those people (for the most part) were speaking to me in concern and love, but here's the issue: why should they feel like they need to? Why is it that we have this huge stigma surrounding the humanities that if you study them you'll never get a job? Seriously, what is the deal?

It's time for people, schools, and the entire world, quite frankly, to stop hating on the humanities and pushing STEM and instead just supporting both. Let kids and college students and whoever pursue whatever interests them. Let them follow their passions like people always tell them to (usually without really meaning it).

It's time to stop pushing STEM and instead start pushing people to find what they really love and are good at. Once they do that, it's time to start pushing them to work hard at it so that they can get better at it. It's time to stop trying to convince people that they need to change a fundamental part of who they are in order to get a paycheck.

The world goes around because of balance and difference. Humanities people, we need the STEM people to keep us going just like they need us to keep them going. We need each other. So let's support that instead of trying to get people to change.

Cover Image Credit: Lily Snodgrass

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

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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