In today's world, it seems like most college students are studying communications or earning a business degree or hoping to become a nurse. While there's absolutely nothing wrong with any of those career paths (they're all admirable and useful), I think a lot of people feel pressured to take a certain path because of someone else's opinion.
There seems to be a tendency among some people to discredit majors that "aren't practical," like English or art or something similar. Being an English major myself, I've experienced some negativity and heard the rude comments directed towards the liberal arts. I've heard that history majors are set for unemployment and that arts degrees are useless. I've also heard that "English majors end up working at Starbucks." I'd love to see some statistics that back up these claims.
But here's the thing: the opinion that liberal arts degrees are useless is absolutely unwarranted and not based on truth. It's just not okay. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but that doesn't mean that people should discredit certain majors because they don't have enough creativity to figure out how to use an art degree. How can you judge something you know nothing about?
Sure, some people don't understand the point of liberal arts and think liberal arts degrees are a waste of money. For me, I don't understand people that major in engineering. But I don't discredit Engineering majors based on my dislike for math. It's wrong to have a negative opinion of the liberal arts just because you don't like the arts or you don't know how to use an art degree in the workforce.
I'm an English major because I love English. Art majors love art. Business administration majors should love business. It's so simple. You're not wasting your time if you're doing something you love. Instead, you're finding your purpose.
Why, then, do people try to force artists to become nurses, and writers to become human resource managers? It beats me. I think that we should all choose to do what we love if we know how to make a living out of it.
If we all do what we love, we'll all be more successful, more satisfied, more passionate, and more content with our lives. They say you'll never work a day in your life if you do what you love, and I believe it. It takes hard work and determination, but I believe that everyone can find a career doing something they enjoy. It's doable.
So keep painting, keep writing, keep singing, and keep doing you. Major in art or English. Skip college altogether and become a makeup artist. Do you. If you're doing what you love, you'll be great at it, and you'll find a way to make a living out of it, regardless of what other people say. You won't be wasting your time.