Things Every Liberal Arts Major Is Tired of Hearing

Things Every Liberal Arts Major Is Tired of Hearing

“What are you going to do with that degree?”

Listen, we are in 2018, and graduate/doctorate programs are becoming almost necessary for a lot of jobs. So please chill about my bachelor’s degree of choice. I am going to do whatever I want with my career and I will use my knowledge from my bachelor’s degree to do it.

“Wow, that sounds so easy! I wish I would’ve majored in that instead of [insert some STEM major here].”

Actually, I work my butt off studying and reading and writing papers every week just like you do. Sure, I probably couldn’t pass your engineering exam, but have you tried to write a 25-page paper about the symbolism in modern action movies and TV shows? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

“You could make a lot of money doing [insert some career here]. Have you considered majoring in [anything that isn’t your major]?”

No, I haven’t considered that because it sounds miserable due to the negative interest I have in that subject. Please back off of my major just because it is not the same as yours.

“You know you’re not going to make a lot of money doing that.”

Oh, thanks! I wasn’t aware of the internet where I can look up the annual income of any job until you just told me. Personally, I am going to focus my life and career doing something that makes me happy – not something that makes a certain dollar amount.

“Aren’t you worried about finding a job?”

I mean, kind of, but not because of my major. Basically everyone has trouble finding a job these days. Just because I’m studying something that’s not as “practical” as your major doesn’t mean I won’t be able to get a job.

“Okay, practice this: ‘Do you want fries with that?’”

This is just plain rude.

“So you want to be a teacher?”

No, actually. There are plenty of things you can do with a liberal arts degree that don’t involve being a teacher, believe it or not.

Related: 5 High Paying Jobs for Liberal Arts Degrees

 

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