Major in passion

Illustration by Miles Huffman

Back in the days of school bells and passing periods, brown paper bags and recess, college was a growing concern. If it was not a concern for high school upperclassmen then it was for their parents.

I want students to ignore the realistic dreams of theirs or their parents to pursue far-fetched aspirations that lead to the good life.

A university may as well be an academic metropolis with knowledge waiting behind every corner. Students need to take advantage while they can, especially considering how much they are conned into paying for an education.

With schools forcing students into a decade of debt, students owe it to themselves to study subjects that inspire them. Yet many of today’s learners prefer enrolling in courses that are the least demanding.

More and more undergraduates complacently pursue careers with plenty of employment opportunities instead of careers that ignite passion within them.

Students have the rest of their lives to find occupations that both satisfies them and provides adequate income. Not to mention, on the job hunt, who a person knows is as valuable as what a person knows. The degree one graduates with is important, but not as important as most think.

I know finance majors who became chefs and music majors who became entrepreneurs.

Employers want to see that applicants have a degree because a degree implies education. The focus of the degree is not as crucial.

So for four short years, students should study what makes them happy and trust in themselves that regardless of whatever lies ahead, everything will be ok.

Miles Inserra can be reached at [email protected] or @m_inserra on Twitter