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When I first started college, I came in thinking that I wanted to be a nurse. I volunteered at a hospital for a year and a half. After taking a public speaking class, I realized that my passion wasn’t in nursing. I knew I wanted to work with people and I fell in love with the rush you get from public speaking. I used to be terrified of speaking in front of people, and now I am conquering my fear. I am now a communication major and I love my classes. I hope to work for a university after I graduate
Being a Communications Studies major is tough. Not in the sense that the workload is a lot or the classes are hard, but dealing with snarky remarks from my peers is something that I have come to deal with almost on a daily basis. Many people see communications as a “useless” degree and one that is chosen by people who do not know what to do with their lives. People are always asking me questions like “What are you going to do with a degree in Communications?” I understand why they ask this because communications is a very broad major; you have so many different career tracks that you can choose when you graduate. However, I am here to make the argument that it is because communications is very general that makes it one of the best degrees you can have.
I have friends in this major who want to be radio hosts, lawyers, real estate agents, and even race car drivers. Personally, I am aiming to be a concert producer/promoter. I love spotting talent in musicians and would love the opportunity to work for a record label and help with setting up events. So for those out there who don’t exactly know what career they want, I say declare a Communication Studies major. Not only is it full of classes that are actually applicable to everyday life (such as handling relationships and public speaking), you will be among one of the most diverse group of students on campus.
If you were to ask any student in college why they decided to pursue their degree, most of them would tell you “to get a good job/career.” That being said, it is important for students to choose a major that is aligned with their career aspirations. For example, if you want to become a lawyer you could major in political science or even English. If you want to work in the medical field to become a doctor or a nurse, you could major in Biology, nursing or some other science/health care major.
Now, for students who are unsure what career direction they are headed in, you can always major in broader area of study that can be applied to many jobs/careers (for example sociology, psychology, or communications). Whatever your career goals are, always make sure your college(s) of interest have the majors you want. Anyone who is undecided about it all can be undeclared and take different classes to explore what major they want to pursue. The opportunities are endless!