Reverb Broads prompt for December 21, 2011: If you returned (or went, if you’ve never been) to college to study anything you want, what would you major in, and why? via Matt (who has my favorite blog name)
“Ooh, that’s a good one!” is what I said when I read today’s prompt. I always say if I could have, I would have majored in spelling and useless trivia. It’s true. I love both very much. However, I’m not sure how either would translate into fulfilling careers not involving game shows or being the old kid at the spelling bees.
My actual majors in college were advertising management and organizational communication. By the point where it was kinda sorta too late to change my mind, I knew I didn’t really like either one. In fact, I had a professor tell me three days before graduation that I shouldn’t have been an advertising major. At the time, I would have told you I wished I had done marketing and technical writing. I probably would have hated those, too.
Don’t get me wrong, the things I learned earning both degrees were and continue to be useful, but it took a year out of college to realize I went down the wrong path. I fixed that when I got my master’s in higher education. When I got there, it felt like this:
So pretty much, I have a hard time thinking of studying anything else. I’ve thought about maybe studying counseling depending on the career path I take. If I end up totally switching careers again (hopefully and financially, it’s unlikely), I would really like to study early childhood development and education. I really love working with young children, but this is a degree and career path I’d have to pursue after my hypothetical children are older. I think that would be a lot for me otherwise (mad props to parents who are in that field!).
I think I changed my major three or four times as an undergrad and I think that if I were to do a second round, it wouldn’t be any different. Really, if I could just be a perma-undergrad and spend my life earning degrees, I’d be a happy camper.