If I could go back in time and change my major, would I?
Would I have still taken the path that I did? Met the same people, made the same choices?
The same path…maybe.
But picking my major was a dilemma in itself. I entered college all gung-ho about changing the environment. I wanted to save Mother Earth and recycle till the cows came home. I wanted to hug some trees, save some sea otters, and eat dolphin-safe tuna, all while rockin’ to No Doubt.
Cause I’m just a girl, Gwen. Cause I’m just a girl.
Anyways, that was my plan. Until I actually took an Environmental Sciences class, and remembered how much I hated science. Like with a loathing like nothing you’ve ever seen. And to major in environmental studies and grow up to hug trees, you gotta take a lot of science classes.
Nope. No way. No how. Not gonna happen.
So I majored in Communications. Because I wanted to still have a voice in the whole environmental political arena. And I am really good at
arguing debates. So I figured this was a good match.
Now the question still remains…
Would I still choose the same major, if I could go back and do it all over again?
No. I would not.
I would’ve chosen English or History, as those really are my true loves. In fact, all of my elective courses I took in college had absolutely nothing to do with my major. My elective courses were full of impassioned stories from Eudora Welty mixed right along stories of the horrors of the Battle of the Somme from WWI. My giddy excitement in taking these courses took a bit of a downturn when I had to then go to class for something related to my major.
I mean Communication Law may sound fun on paper, but not in person. And not writing about it for 2 hours in a blue-book during finals.
Instead I listened to naysayers, who said “What the heck are you going to do with an English or History major? Teach?” Um, maybe. I don’t know. Probably not. But I would’ve been a writer…sooner. Because I am a writer. I am working on getting my voice out there. But I believe it would’ve happened sooner, if I had just followed my gut.
So yes. My answer is yes. If I could go back in time, I definitely would have changed my major.