I’ve come from choosing Forensic Chemistry when I was a freshman until changing to a Criminal Justice major by sophomore year for one semester, and then finally became a Writing major with a minor in African American Studies. My mother took me to my first library when I was three years old. I remember stumbling upon shelves stacked with crinkled soft cover fiction novels. It was in that library where I found my favorite children’s books of all time—the Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald J. Sobol. I still have my first library card from Lehman College issued Thursday, March 2, 2000 in my wallet (I have a total of three library cards). I have a fond sense of learning, observing, analyzing, and interpreting whatever catches my eye, and arrange them into written form. When you put these experiences, and many more together it’s not that difficult to realize why I would chose Writing as my “end all” major. However, the Writing major, and others across all academic fields are facing a crisis of devalue—a crisis which trickles to the question of whether or not college is worth the effort.
According to Next Gen Personal Finance, not all college majors guarantee a high value financially; however, the value is placed higher by the student’s investment and how personally the major is valued. In perspective, I would state that writing allows me to branch off into many other fields such as journalism, sports, film, entertainment, music and much more. This is so for any major of choice, especially towards the increasing demand for creativity, expression, and strife for change in the black community.
There will be many opinions; however, you will have to face when embracing the major you so desire. “You won’t make any kind of money or job as a Writing Major” a professor once told me. Nonetheless, I value my major far more than others based upon how impactful it has been in my upbringing. Here are a few tips, tricks, and advice I have found useful in order to not be distracted from opinions and statistics, and focus on giving my major the greatest value it truly has:
- What is it that you can’t live without? (It can be from a simple gesture from others to a personal item that motivates you)
- What topics of interests surrounds you? (IE: Music, Fashion, Business, Arts)
- Would you be able to give back just as much as you received?
- Remember the first person(s) who influenced you the most to follow your passion.
- Focus on what allows you to be yourself, rather than creating a façade.
- “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” This old saying helps when you find yourself questioning how ahead you think you aren’t.
- Take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment honestly. This measures your personality and illustrates what preferences you engage in the most. (I am an INFJ: Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging. Although, I can be extroverted when I want to and in most social environments)
- Make sure to be fully connected and engaged with the major you want. (IE: Attend meetings/conferences/webinars, and connect with others in your preferences on all social media)
- Engage with others, and allow yourself to be more practical in your major of choice.
- Would I be able to function properly if the major I wanted did not exist anywhere at all?
Here’s a clip of Seinfeld being satirical towards the ideas writers have, or is it:
The Great Debaters, Your Righteous Mind: