All Majors Are Allowed To Be Stressed In College, Not Just STEM

Stressed? Apparently, Now Only Certain Majors Are Allowed That Luxury

Everyone is entitled to being stressed out, not just certain majors.

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It's about that time of the year. Midterms, papers, projects and presentations are starting to become due. As a junior in college, the stress of keeping on top of my workload is as intense as ever. The last two years were a lot, but I didn't understand how to really manage myself and my time until this first semester as a junior.

I live religiously by my planner, and hardly allow myself to go out on the weekends. One reason is the workload I have, and the other is that going out just doesn't matter to me anymore. My job in 10 years matters more than how many bars Sally and her campus Instagram famous girl squad hit in one night. Maybe Sally doesn't have a textbook example of a "hard major" to CERTAIN people, however, she is entitled to being stressed about her work just like a biology major is allowed to be.

I'm growing really tired of certain people in certain majors who think their stress is the only stress that matters because they are going to be surgeons or engineers or chemists. No, you're not more important than everyone else. You may not be able to math, but you can write a paper, and this works vice versa as well. I get very stressed about papers I have to write and books I have to do 100 pages worth of reading for. Someone else is stressed about their lab they have to write, or WileyPlus calculus assignment they have to finish.

My point is, the thing we are really good at, someone else is really bad at, and vice versa. Imagine giving an engineer an essay about the male influence in Victorian literature, or an English major physics homework.

I'm just as worthy to talk about how much my classes stress me out as the next person. We're all in the same boat together, even after we graduate. It's about time we all support each other throughout the rest of our time in college. Maybe your friend doesn't like to sit down and study as you do. Help him see the importance of making the time and putting the effort into every ounce of homework, regardless if it's easy or not.

College by no means is a walk in the park. If it is for you, you're definitely doing something wrong. We're all part of many organizations and a lot of us have to work jobs on the side as well to pay the ever-increasing tuition. Why hate on the next person who seems to have it easier than you, because odds are they're going through something you don't know of.

Stress is something prevalent in everyone's lives, and we all need to lean on each other in times of need, and not feel like we can talk about the classes were stressed about because we think we will get judged for complaining and feeling the way we do.

Friends support friends, or else ditch those people and find some new friends.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Don't Be Afraid of Changing Your College Plan

It really isn't THAT bad...

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I can't claim to have any deep wisdom on life, but I at least have some good experience with a highly turbulent college career. I started as a game design major in a tech college in Rochester, NY, transferred to a college in Texas, and now I'm an English major at CofC.

My college life has been something of a roller coaster.

But I regret none of it. Maybe it would have been easier to stick to the track I was on initially, but I would never have been fully satisfied with it. Now I've finally found my place and, even though it may have taken a lot of shifting around, it was undoubtedly worthwhile.

I don't mean to say that everyone who is slightly dissatisfied with their major should transfer all over the country and change their major(I had to sacrifice the ability to get a minor because of the path I took, so I wouldn't recommend it to most people). I just believe that if you find yourself not liking the classes that are vital to your major or if you can't find a place at your current college, then changing your major or transferring isn't as horrible as you might imagine.

When I started college I was completely confident in what I wanted to do and what my future would look like. I thought it would be ridiculous for someone to stray from their initial path. That idea led to me deciding to transfer later than was smart.

I think everyone should know that having to change your plans for the future, sometimes in dramatic ways, isn't a bad thing. No matter how scary transferring and changing majors can seem, many people have done it before you and many will after, you aren't alone.

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