What's Your Major? // The Truth about "Worthless" Majors

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As a freshman, I agonized over figuring out what my major should be.  After a couple of English classes, I knew that I wanted to major in Literature, but I had heard too many people say Humanities majors could expect to flip burgers for the rest of their lives. I prayed and agonized until finally I decided that I would regret not majoring in English. It came down to deciding if I wanted to let fear dictate my decisions for the rest of my life or live the kind of life I wanted.


I am not the only college student who has chosen passion over security.  My roommate, Mary, used to be Pre-Med. She excelled in all of her classes, but she was bored and longed for something that allowed her to find creative solutions. Like me, she had her heart set on a major: art, but a studio art major comes with as many jokes, anecdotes, and digs as an English major. 


The problem with art and English majors is they don't lead straight to a career. If you are pre-med you probably want to be a doctor. Accounting? An accountant. English, history, art? Teacher? 


Because my major does not lead straight into a career though, it is open to question, which is why the fast food jokes thrive. But this problem is actually a gift. Very few people actually know what they want to do when they are eighteen or even twenty-two years old, and majors that don't lead straight to a specific job, allow you time to figure out what you want to do. Even more so, these majors usually teach you critical thinking skills, preparing you for a wide array of jobs. As an English major, I could go into public relations, journalism, insurance, publishing, teaching, etc.


In the end, I rest in the knowledge that even though I may not know where my major will lead, God does. He has created each of us with unique passions and gifts. He created me to love literature, Mary to love art. If I chose to live in fear and major in a major just because it was "safe" then I would be denying who my Creator made me to be.

For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body—so also is Christ. But now God has placed each one of the parts in one body just as He wanted. And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? Now there are many parts, yet one body. So the eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” Or again, the head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”
— 1 Corinthians 12:12, 19-21

 Similarly, He has made some people to be science, accounting, physics, communication, and art majors, and every single major offers something unique to the world. It's my job to recognize the value in my "worthless" major and everyone else's major, too. 


Nolie, the English major 

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