Thursday, March 24, 2011

My current struggle

I come from a family of engineers and business managers. From birth I was raised to study the sciences and find practical solutions to problems, to think logically. I excelled at math and science in high school and got into a good technical college.
However i realized about two years ago, I dont want to be an engineer or a mathematician or a scientist. Dont get me wrong I love the sciences but I love them for different reasons than my family does. My family loves the power of what science can do. I however love the stories and history of science. I love reading about the great men and woman who created and discovered amazing things and I love retelling them to other people. Hell I just love history and literature. I get no greater joy than reading about amazing events and understanding how and why the world is the way it is today. I also love literature and story writing and reading.

Im currently an economics major (its as close as I could get to the social sciences with my family still supporting me cause its math based.) But when i brought up the idea of majoring in the Arts they all thought I was joking and didnt even take me seriously. Why would you waste your time doing that, they said. Im so confused, I would love to be a college history professor and help my students understand the world through very different prospective, but i dont know how my family would react and theres just so much pressure.

16 comments:

  1. great post. looking forward to reading your next one

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  2. do what makes you happy, that is key, regardless of what anyone else says. it's funny cause I was raised the same way, but then I took a number of years off of school and when I came back decided I wanted to do engineering )

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  3. good of you to choose your own path. :)

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  4. I love history too, I think if you like it, go for it!

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  5. I was going to become a history professor, but after finishing the degree, I gave up on that dream. Now I've no idea what I'll do.

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  6. Sounds like you'll work it out. You got a good head on your shoulders.

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  7. If you love history, go for it. He who makes his passion his work doesn't work a day of his life.

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  8. Being practical people, your family likely believe that most people who get arts degrees go on to flip burgers. That may or may not be true, but it all comes down to how badly they would react. Will your parents stop paying for school or will they just look down on you while you get the education you want? Perhaps you should consider anthropology. You can show them an episode of Bones to show them how scientific it is.

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  9. Your family does not always know what is best for you, even if they WANT what is best for you. Do what your heart tells you, and forget the rest. Don't get stuck doing something you won't enjoy. Do what you love.

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  10. i like your way to handle the shit, more!

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