学院 is a place where 您 can grow, learn, and be accepted in an open environment…right?
Most of the time, yes. Until the conversation turns to majors.
Let me just stay that I am grateful to be attending a university that has offered so many opportunities to me; further, that I have been privileged enough to surround myself with people who value education and growth as much as I do.
However, no matter the value my peers have put in me, I can’t help but feel demeaned when finals time comes around and someone points out that I’m *so lucky* I don’t have as much studying to do, or as many projects to complete as she does; after-all, journalism is an 简单 major…right?
Today I’m talking about “major shaming” – it’s real and it’s gotta stop!
By definition, major shaming is the act of making someone feel embarrassed for their choice of major, often while discrediting the amount of work students in this major put in and comparing it to other, supposedly“harder” majors. It’s mean and it’s common on campuses everywhere.
Now that 您 know what major shaming is, here are 3 reasons why major shaming is a major problem:
我想问这些主要的着色器 do 您 actually know anything about the major 您’re shaming? What kind of work does it entail? What does it take, time-wise? What are the homework assignments like?
If 您’re about to put someone’s major down yet can’t answer these questions in detail, then ask 您rself: Are 您 making some major (pun intended) assumptions without having any concrete information?
In all areas of life, to make educated statements 您 need to actually be educated. So, I urge 您 to ask all the questions in the world before claiming to be an expert on someone else’s field of study. 答案可能会让您感到惊讶。
What’s the difference between completing a case study and a lab report?
My point here is that each major requires a certain set of skills in order to be successful. Someone with a math brain may not excel in writing, the same way I crash and burn in just about every math class I have had the displeasure of taking.
As a journalism major, I may not have to take extensive exams during finals period, but do 您 have to interview members of the FDA on Long Island’s opioid epidemic for 您r finals period? (Which, not to mention, was a very difficult thing to do.)
You don’t have to, but I’m sure 您 could, the same way I could write a lab report or take an exam on quadratic equations if I had chosen a field that required it. I chose my path, the same way 您 chose 您rs, all the while celebrating that the thing I love doing doesn’t come without challenges.
When in doubt, remember what 您r mama taught 您: if 您 don’t have something to say, then don’t say it at all!
No one person can do everything and that’s why it’s important that we all study different things—society is built on diversity, after all. Celebrate 您r strengths, respect the strengths of those around 您, and love that 您 have found passion in a major! And best of luck with finals, no matter what form 您r finals take!
（有关此内容的更多信息， 看到我们所谓的帖子“easy” majors）
What does major shaming mean to 您? Have 您 ever felt it? What have 您 done to combat it?