Respect thy major

Kristina Agbebiyi

I think we’ve all been in a situation where someone announces that they are majoring in engineering, and people suddenly make comments about how smart they are. Whether we like it or not, I think we all kind of buy into this hierarchy among the majors. There are some majors we automatically assume are for “smart” people, and some majors we assume are for lazy people. Coming into college, I definitely believed this. But now that my major is something that most people haven’t heard of, I have a unique perspective.

Even though it sounds obvious, I’ve realized that each major has value, and doesn’t determine a person’s worth. For example, I know that I could never have an art major. I suck at being creative and I don’t know when to stop changing any piece that I’ve worked on. I could also never be an education major. I am so impatient when it comes to children, and student teaching would stress me out.

There are education majors walking around with 4.0 GPAs, and chemistry majors who barely go to class. Why are we assuming that one person is more hard-working than the other? We have absolutely no way of knowing that. Also, why does it even matter to us? We’re not paying for their degree.

I think we need to acknowledge that every major serves its purpose. When we look back on societies, we often have to reflect on written works from writing majors, and artistic pieces from photography majors. But then, we also need nursing majors to take care of people. How would we educate our children without our education majors? Who would report the news if it weren’t for our journalism majors?

At the end of the day, we all just need to get over ourselves. It would be so boring and illogical if we all had the same interests and the same skill set. Having a different major than someone doesn’t make you any better than them. Period. So quit being a jerk, hop off your high horse and stop talking crap about other majors.