So do I win for longest blog title? 😉
You hear many people speak about choosing the right major. “Don’t major in English unless you are going to be a teacher”. “Don’t major in this, don’t major in that, etc…”
Then at the same time, you hear people speak about following your passion. “Are you sure that’s what you want to do with your life? You better be passionate about it!”
Why? What happens if you’re not? Why do they both have to be the same thing?
When I started college, waaaaaay back in the day, my major was environmental science. I became passionate about saving the environment my senior year in high school. I was going to go to college to get my degree, and then save the world from non-recycling, trash-throwing, ocean polluters.
But then reality kicked in. The reality being that I hate science. With a passion. We don’t get along at all. I’m more of an English/History girl and all the science classes I would have to take, made me nauseous. This was just not going to work. I still cared about the environment, but this major was just not going to happen.
Just because it’s not your major, doesn’t mean it’s not important.
I changed my major to Communications, my second year of college and never looked back. I loved all my media classes, the debates, the talking, the speeches, the EVERYTHING! And my Bachelor’s Degree helped me land jobs and I still use many of the things that I went to school for. I loved my major and don’t regret choosing it at all.
However, it doesn’t mean that my passion for the environment fizzled out. On the contrary, it’s still going strong! I still recycle, I still try to purchase environmentally friendly items whenever possible, I re-use things all the time. I conserve, I donate, I thrive.
The environment is still just as important to me now as it was when I was 17. I am still that girl who learned about the decimation to the population of sea otters and bawled her eyes out. When I see animals whose bellies are full of plastic that we humans dumped in the ocean, it makes me sick. I still care. I still passionately care.
My major doesn’t define who I am.
But my beliefs do. And that’s what matters.