Hello lovely people! So today I wanted to make a sort of out of the ordinary post. I usually write solely about fashion, beauty, or exciting things that are going on in my life. However, I am human and sometimes negative things do affect me and I try to learn from them. I want to be honest and talk about something that has troubled me. This is a topic I’ve been wanting to write about for a while on my blog, and I think it could help a lot of people about to go into college or currently going through it. It involves choosing your major and being confident in what you want to do.
Just a little background about me if this is the first of my posts that you are reading. I go to a small Christian college in San Diego and I am a Graphic Design major. I have absolutely loved art my entire life; there hasn’t been a moment I’ve been without it. It’s just a part of me that makes me, me. Those who are close to me know that it has always been my passion and I didn’t hesitate once to choose an artistic major. I honestly couldn’t picture myself doing anything else. Even though I don’t know exactly what I want in a career yet, I know this path is leading me in the right direction.
Facing Criticism and Adversity
With the many graphic design classes I have taken so far, I realize that being a graphic designer has much more to it than people anticipate. I was initially a Visual Arts major, which is purely a hands on approach to art, whereas Graphic Design is more marketing (logo and album design for example) and a technological approach to it. I am learning Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator to name a few programs.
Now most people, when they think of “art major” visualize the classic starving artist scene. However, my school has introduced purely dedicated and successful artists to come in and talk with us. Never have they once embraced the “starving artist” lifestyle or us students only creating art for art’s sake. As this is definitely an aspect of the artistic world, it’s not what our ideas revolve around. My professors give us projects that put us in real life situations and prepare us for when we deal with actual clients and their needs. I am in no way putting down anyone who wants to only create art everyday for a living, because some artists have definitely thrived off of that. For me however, I would love if my passion could lead me to a more professional, marketable scene. I hope this is making sense, but my point is that some people have a hard time picturing art majors in a professional setting, when that is exactly where most of us see ourselves and not living paycheck by paycheck.
With that being said, I am bringing that up because I have faced so many comments about how there is no successful career for an art major. How we will never make any money. How it’s the easy way or because we had no other choice. And to be honest, a lot of the time those comments stung. To be told that something I have loved my entire life and consider myself pretty good at will get me nowhere is bound to hurt anybody. The saying that “sticks and stones will break my bones but words can never hurt me” doesn’t necessarily work for every situation. Because to be 100% real with you guys, those comments did hurt me. I’ve figured out though, that it’s what you do with those words in the future that determine your worth. Those words do not determine it, you do. So in the moments when I am told those negative things, I learn to ignore those people and feel bad for them. To choose a major solely on how much money you will make in the future is not going to make you happy. If I was completely uninterested or hated my major but would make a heap of money in the future, I wouldn’t want to do it.
I now know that I shouldn’t waste my time worrying about what others think of my passions. Whenever I hear comments like that, it only makes me want to work harder. I know if I work hard at whatever it is I love to do, it will take me far. That goes for every kind of major. What you put in is what you’ll get out.
Every Major Matters
Since I have thought so much about this, it has led me to think about other majors as well. What makes one better than the other? Often times I catch people and even myself saying things like “oh, that person is just this major” in a very nonchalant tone. When in reality, we need expertise in every field, be it Nursing, or Marine Biology, or Art, or Music, or History. This list could go on and on. I am more conscious now of how I view different majors. I think about how one might affect the other or contribute to society. There isn’t one that doesn’t contribute to society. We need them all in different aspects of our lives that we may not regularly think about. Did you know, for example, that every single company must hire some sort of graphic designer or graphic design team for logos and anything they want to market? Be it a laboratory or a little boat company, and whatever else you can think of!
Everything has a purpose and no one has a right to downgrade that.
So the next time you catch yourself saying something like “that person doesn’t have to put much effort into their major” or “wow, they never have to do any homework,” maybe take a step into their shoes and really think about your statement. I know for me, people don’t see me sitting at my desk studying every single night because I am at my school’s Mac Lab working for hours on an art project. All I ask is that you simply be conscious of your views of other peoples’ passions.
I know my blog is small and I don’t know how many people will actually read this. But if you made it to the end, thank you, it means so much to me. In this post in no way am I attacking anyone or if you got that impression at any point, because every person is entitled to their own opinion. But I just wanted to write out my own and hopefully give advice to anyone who is going through a similar thing or is feeling lost because of others. My main ideas are DO WHAT YOU LOVE and EMBRACE WHAT MAKES YOU, YOU. If you love art, be an artist! If you love science, be a doctor or work in a laboratory! If you love political science, be a politician! Be whatever you want to be and don’t let negative comments hinder your direction. And whatever it is that you choose, work hard at it! I am still in the process of trying my hardest in school with my major, managing this blog, and keeping up other social media for it. And often times, I’m not the best at it, but I am sticking to it and trying my best to be consistent.
I’ve thought about this for a long time and I’m glad I finally got a chance to write it out and share my idea with you guys. If you have a similar story or have any advice to share, please please please leave a comment below! You never know who you’re helping! Thanks everyone, talk to you in my next post! <3 <3