From One Liberal Arts Student To Another

You’re probably reading this to take a break from the sea of heavy reading and research papers you have to do. You’re also probably running on fumes and stress-eating copious amounts of peanut butter with a fork because, let’s face it, that’s the college experience in a nutshell.

At this point, you’ve probably put down the peanut butter and stared into the deep abyss, debating whether any of this is even worth it. God knows I’ve felt the exact same way. You’re also tired of having to answer people’s questions about what exactly your major entails, what you’re going to do with said major and their proceeding doubtfulness about your chances of making any money once you graduate.

As someone who was initially a biology/pre-med student and made a complete 360-degree switch to communications and marketing, I would always get the side eye from my mom’s Facebook friends who somehow know far more about my life than I do, and it sucked. A lot.

Part of why it was so frustrating is because I had finally got to a point where I was happy with what I was doing, only to be mocked and have my intelligence insulted after being miserable for a year and a half.  Shortly after I made the switch, I realized that a lot of people don’t see or understand the value of a liberal arts degree and that’s pretty lame.

There’s a weird stigma/stereotype around us liberal arts majors that assumes that all of us are useless and we should accept a life of misery and debt.

Your field of study is valid no matter what any elitist, self- righteous STEM student tries to tell you. Can you imagine how boring life would be if everyone did the same thing? And let’s be honest, technology was meant to enhance human interaction, not completely replace it for some cold, lifeless check-out robot at the grocery store. To all of the writers, thinkers and various other “ers” that I can’t think of at the moment, you are one of a kind and despite what the world tells you, you are a creative and you were given this life to create. Don’t let anyone tell you that your pursuits have no merit because life would be quite dull and boring without the things you have worked so hard to make come alive.

 

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