Your major does not define your personality

Brianna Arity Columnist

Who we are is not stamped on our foreheads and in college I find this fantastic. No one cares who you are. It is not high school anymore and we are all trying to reach the same level of education, no matter your major. It seems to be a popular happening around campus though; the competition of what major is better. I hate to burst your egotistical bubble but no major is better than another. It is college and everyone gets stressed every once in a while. It just depends if you let it get to you. Every student has papers to write, exams to study for and pointless discussion questions to answer.

From a personal view, people think teaching is easy, doctors are rich and engineers are the smartest people out there. Stand in a room of 20 hyper students all day every day and you can decide if it is easy or not, being rich isn’t what happiness is all about and some of the smartest people I know are the laziest. I like to think college students pick a major by what they truly want to do or accomplish; not by what people want them to do or the money. In reality, every major is intertwined and we do not realize the degree of everything. You become doctors through teachers. You become anything through learning. We are all at college to learn and all have to learn something challenging to move on. We all have goals that need to be reached. We all have minimal amount of time during the day to get our lists checked off and every night turns us into night owls. We all blow off studying for Netflix and binge on that for days on end. We are all at school for a purpose; to get an education while making the journey as cheap as possible.

Bragging about your strengths just makes you a target. Personally, I don’t care what your major is or who you are. I think this is how it should be. Athletes are just regular people with special embroidered clothing, nurses are just people wearing scrubs and pharmacists are people with white coats. We should base our judgments on personality alone and not how much you will make or where you land on the dean’s list. We are such a judgmental society anyway, why make college students more stressed about what we think of each other? It can be a cruel awakening.

In the end, we are all the same. Students will never see it this way because we live in such a competitive society. Books are books, teachers try to teach you the material, and students are supposed to learn. I challenge you to go out and not worry about school and academics. Go out and meet people solely based on the kind of person they are, don’t talk about yourself, and ask questions. Do it. You’ll be surprised on the kinds of people you will end up meeting.


Brianna Arity is majoring in early childhood education. She can be reached at [email protected].