Hello everyone and welcome back to The Fire where I talk about things ranging from population density to overcoming obstacles. Today I want to talk about the impacts of choosing a wrong major in college. Of course, this is all from my own perspective but I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback in the comments below.
When I was in college I took the liberal arts path and studied Anthropology. At first I loved it. The subject matter really expanded my horizons from the limited world I knew before. It was like a breath of fresh air. Then, as time went on, I became less and less interested in my studies and, needless to say, my grades dipped. I started to hate the discipline and I thought it was way too confining; clear signs that it was time to move on to next level. But I was too far along (a second semester junior) and didn’t want to change my major.
I didn’t want to change course in my undergraduate career and instead I just kept studying anthropology/archaeology trying my best to keep my head above water and make it to the finish line. Fortunately for me, although mentally, emotionally, and sometimes, physically tattered and exhausted, I made it to the finish line. Barely. Sometimes I think to myself “if I could go back I would do some things differently”.
My grades would have been higher, I would have been way more inspired, and I’m sure there would have been some great positive changes in my life if I had instead decided to major in Biology or the like instead of the major I chose. But I didn’t, and this is for the following reasons:
- I didn’t want to incur too much extra debt.
- I wasn’t in a good place in my personal life to feel confident enough to make the decision and follow through successfully.
- My mediocre performance in my chosen major had almost completely convinced me that I would expect the same results in another major.
Following Your Heart Can Mean Losing Your Mind
Me changing my major would certainly have made it look like I had lost my mind. But it also would have been very smart. I probably could have avoided so much embarrassment and saved myself some much needed time OR I could’ve brought on even more embarrassment and discouraged myself even further. I suppose there’s a reason for everything. Perhaps my overdrawn education in Anthropology is preparing me for something greater along my path. In either case I’ve been able to educate myself on the subjects that interest me most, and I can now build on my continued education here on this blog.
After graduation I immediately started to research and learn about topics that interested me most: biology, astronomy, and other scientific disciplines. I discovered my passion for science completely on my own terms. It’s now something I plan to spend my life doing as well as contributing. Obviously studying anthropology involves science and it has prepared me well, but I am not where I want to be so I must go back to school for either an undergraduate or masters education in a scientific field of my choice.
So the moral of the story is to follow your heart no matter what. Do what you want to do in this limited lifespan and make the most of your decisions. They will set you free.