Not All Majors Are Created Equal
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Not All Majors Are Created Equal

Some are easy, some are most definitely not.

Ever since I switched my major, I realized something that isn't exactly fair: not all majors are hard.

The one I had just switched from was a bear: I had to get help with every assignment, did okay on the tests, and found myself zoning out sometimes because I wasn't comprehending the material. With this major, I ace every assignment and test and I completely understand what's going on (partly because I knew what some of the textbooks were talking about already, as they seemed to be common sense). What gives?

Easiness of a major can really depend on how your brain works. Some people are more science minded than me, so they probably think that biology is the easiest thing on the face of the earth, where I think English is a piece of cake.

Besides this fact, the curriculum is different for nearly every major. Now some of you are probably thinking "well, duh," but hear me out: if you pick a major, you need to be willing to take the baggage (or lack thereof) that goes with it.

Science-based classes and engineering classes will almost always have a lab attached to the course, which is more time you need to take to get a good grade. English classes require more essays than some other classes, and music majors will have to most likely take a lot of personal time to rehearse a piece they need to play for their final. Sure, someone may "ooo" and "ahh" about being a teacher, but they didn't expect having a block schedule or student teaching.

For other majors, it seems like there isn't much work that we have to do at all. We have our reading discussions, weekly chats, and maybe a project sprinkled here and there, but it isn't nearly as intensive as some others.

Some students may be okay with this, and some may think that they aren't getting the most out of their major. So the bottom line is: know what you are getting into when you pick a major.

Do research into the majors offered at your school and ask your adviser about the work loads before you decide to commit. If I had done that my freshman year, it would have saved me a lot of grief hoping that my credits would carry over from another major because I didn't like it enough to deal with the work load.

Ask other classmates what they think of their majors, and think long and hard about what your limits are when it comes to schoolwork. With some, the work is absolutely worth it to you. Some are absolutely not.

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Why You Should Minor in a Foreign Language

Como se dice... bar?

Lately, the consensus has been that college majors and minors don't really matter. It's all about what you make of your degree, how you sell yourself...yada, yada. With all of this talk, minoring in a foreign language may seem like a pointless endeavor, but it's actually one the most practical (and fun) moves you can make. Many schools already have a language requirement and with just a few more classes, you can both build your resume and be able to flawlessly ask that hot Frenchie, "voulez vous coucher avec moi ce soir?"

It helps you snag your dream job
Being multilingual is a great resume builder. Regardless of the field you are in, chances are that some facet of the company or organization is international. Being the person in the office that can translate a press release from Italian or properly greet your Japanese clients is not something to be sneezed at. It's an asset that can set you apart from other applicants and translates into a direct workplace skill.

You'll travel like a native.
Studying abroad is an awesome opportunity. Wherever you decide to go, the experiences are invaluable and unforgettable. Plus, knowing the language of the country you are visiting only enhances the trip. Understanding the menu or being able to ask for directions will serve you and your travel companions well. The ability to ask locals about the best places can reveal destinations that no guidebook would be able to provide. Another bonus is that you will return from abroad significantly better at the language.

It'll grow your brain.
Knowing another language has been proven great for your brain in a lot of respects. Improved decision-making skills, easier multi-tasking, stronger memory, and better test scores are all skills associated with polyglots. Delayed onset of dementia and Alzheimer's are also linked to knowing another language, serving you well past your college years.

You get the most out of your tuition.
We've all been there. You take a class, do the reading, pass the tests and yet at the end of the course, you walk away wondering what you actually learned. Language classes are quite the opposite. Even at an elementary level, you will leave the class knowing more than when you walked in and be able to demonstrate it. Even if it's just being able to ask como esta? or read a simple sign, you gain a lifelong skill that has the potential to serve you better than Anthro 101.

It's hot.
Being an American student and accidentally responding to a Hindi conversation really freaks people out. It's awesome. Knowing a more obscure language is the most practical party trick there is. From eavesdropping on conversations on the subway to dazzling your date with your linguistic ability, knowing another language is an impressive skill and a great confidence booster that can be used for both good-and mischief.

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These 10 Majors Actually Exist

They're real majors at real schools and I'm real about them.

For a hot second in college, I was a philosophy major. I loved the classes- deciphering Plato and debating about whether we might be living in an actual Matrix- but I did not love fielding the questions about it.

"What are you going to do with that?" Any relative over 55 years old would inevitably question. Law school or business school or any type of graduate school? Basically any kind of job that requires logic and good communication skills?

"Oh, so you like to smoke weed?" Kids my age would question with accompanying side eye. Does wanting to think deeply and form logical arguments really imply I like getting high, though?

My sophomore year, however, I switched into an independent interdisciplinary program, with a major I created to study altruism. I spent my undergraduate years getting a degree to explore why people help people. So, yeah, the questions never stopped coming.

If you think my altruism major is weird though, you should take a look at some other majors you can select around the US. These are real majors at real schools and I'm real about them.

Craft Beer Brewing at Colorado State University
This B.S. in Fermentation Science and Technology prepares students to work and run craft beer breweries. More than that, though, the major provides a background for any person interested in a career having to do with fermented beverages and food, like cheese, bread, pickles and wine. We might just call this the "everything that is good in life" major.

Hip Hop Studies at McNally Smith College of Music
A degree that guides students toward a career as an artist, producer or influencer within the hip hop industry. Meanwhile a hip hop minor at the University of Arizona offers an academic concentration on the cultural roots and implications of the hip hop genre.

Hotel Management at Cornell University
Housed in the College of Business, students can pursue study in hospitality management to prep for a career managing hotels, or, more generally, in real estate, finance, entrepreneurship, and the food and beverage industry. This program offers one of Cornell's most popular (and failed courses) Introduction to Wines, where students learn about wines by way of taste-testing lectures.

Puppetry at University of Connecticut
This is not the imagination of Jason Segel's character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. UConn provides a B.F.A. for students interested in the theatrics and production of puppet drama. Elmo gives it a thumbs up rating.

Cannabis Cultivation at Oaksterdam University
With classes offered like Dispensary Operations, Cultivation Law, and Breeding and Genetics, this course of study prepares for the burgeoning field of marijuana from a variety of angles. Be warned though, you'll have to do a lot more than puff, puff, to pass.

Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University
The major that we can only assume Leslie Knope would fully endorse. Courses in this major guide students to more than just the Parks & Rec Department though; this major equips students to work in places like state and national parks, the airline industry, cruise ships, museums, youth camps, and travel and recreation agencies.

Sexuality at Ohio State University
Let's talk about this sex major, Baby. In addition to learning about gender and sexual orientation, students explore sex through a variety of focuses. Sexuality major students can earn credit towards their degrees in classes like Love, Sex, and Relationships, Sexualities and Citizenship, and The Philosophy of Sex and Love.

Wine Making at Cornell University
The program, more officially called Viticulture and Enology, teaches the ins and outs of cultivating grapes into wine. Basics involved in getting grapes to wines to bottles include breeding grape varieties, honing trellis development skills, managing crop pests, and fermenting wine. I'll toast to that.

Packaging at Michigan State University
MSU brings to life a program that immerses students in the science and art of packaging. Yes, we are talking the packaging of goods. Topics of concentration within this major include areas like compression, fragility, environmental factors, and shock. The degree, however, will take you longer than 3-5 business days.

Pop Culture at Western Kentucky University
This is a major that has you learning more about areas we humans find interesting: sports, movies, television, architecture, art, music, books and more. It'll give you a little bit of this and a little bit of that to better understand the consumption of culture.

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A Day in the Life of a Science Major

I don't know how to pay taxes, but I do know every element in the universe.

There are a lot of stereotypes about science majors, and whatever you've heard is probably wrong. Never fear though, I'm here to tell the real story.

You wake up before the sun because 8 a.m. classes are practically a requirement for science majors. After hitting snooze a few thousand times, you finally realize that you can't skip class (I mean, skip one class and you're behind by five chapters). The three hours of sleep you got last night will have to do.

You reluctantly roll out of bed like a walker from The Walking Dead, brush your teeth and grab some kind of shitty breakfast because you're too poor to buy real food. You leave for class in the same thing you wore to bed, because being cute isn't really an option. You swing by Starbucks to pick up some life juice (Americano with an extra shot of espresso, no room) to keep you awake for the day.

After your classes, you head straight to your favorite study spot on campus equipped with highlighters in every color and approximately one hundred pages of notes.

Your friends always ask when your exams are, and you rattle off a date three weeks in the future. You usually get: "Ew, why are you studying for it now?" And you just smile because your friends clearly don't understand the pure torture that is a science exam. (Literally, any science exam. They're all hell).

And although you're constantly tired and suffer from a caffeine addiction, you wouldn't trade your major for anything. You've learned valuable knowledge through science and met a lot of nerds that you now consider some of your best friends.

Plus, you save a lot of money by never wearing makeup.

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Group Projects As Told By The Office

When I die, I want my group project members to lower me into my grave so they can let me down one last time.

The Office is more than a TV show to binge watch on Netflix. It's a reflection of our lives and ourselves. They get us. Michael, Jim, Stanley-- they feel our pain. They know it's a hard world out there, especially when group projects roll around.

1.When professor announces a new group project.

And you begin to see the world around you crashing down. How the hell are you expected to work with other people?

2.Then tells you she chose the groups and you can't be with your bestie.

Who gave her the right to separate you two? Is she trying to ruin your friendship?

3.And you begin to wonder...

Nope, there most certainly is not. What kind of God could put his people through something so horrible as a group project? Most definitely the work of the devil.

4.That one person tries to run the whole show.

You just want to look at them and make sure they know they don't actually run the fucking world. This is a group project and you are not about to let some bitch boss you around.

5.And continues to put themselves in charge.

Lol that bitch is still trying to boss you around. Like can you maybe not for a sec?

6.You'd really rather be anywhere than at group meetings.

A-n-y-w-h-e-r-e. You spend the whole meeting listing things you could be doing instead, like jumping off a cliff.

7.The project ends--and you're completely drained

You will never be the same person you were. Group projects change you; and a little piece of you dies each time.

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What You Should Know About Being a Journalism Major

First off, watch Spotlight.

Getting into journalism was, in a way, given to me. I had started off freshman year as a screenwriting major at Drexel University. For a number of personal reasons, I left Drexel and applied to UT Austin with the goal of getting into their Radio-TV-Film program.

I wanted to keep writing and hoped to learn about all the technology that goes into radio and film. I also wanted to get into radio production. About a week later, I got an email saying I might be a better fit for journalism.

That had never occurred to me before. Journalism always reminded me of bad school papers and yearbooks with typos. But I thought it might be different at a university level.

So I went for it, and haven't looked back since. Here's what I learned.

It's not just writing.
Being able to write, and write well, is a big part of journalism, but it's so much more than that. When you start out as a reporter, you are on your own. Once you get an assignment, especially for TV news, you are largely on your own and are trusted to film, edit and write all your own material.

If you're writing for the web, you have to know how to code, design graphics, edit video, and manage multiple social media sites.

It's hard if you're introverted.
If you're introverted, talking to people you don't know, asking them questions, and basically leading the interview can be daunting.

The first interview I ever did was with director a local film festival. My boss looked over my questions beforehand, set up the interview, showed me how to record a Skype call and sat ten feet away in case anything bad happened. Interviews probably have one of the more scary learning curves, but once you figure out how to excel at it, you feel like such a badass professional.

You learn more about your own city.
In class you aren't given fake news to write stories about. You go out and find that shit yourself. Facebook, word-of-mouth, school event boards, flyers--you get the idea.

You also get outside your comfort zone when you're a journalism student because at some point you wind up in what you think is a sketchy part of town, which you find out ends up having amazing people working to keep it a community. You don't get that in a classroom.

You read news from all over the world.
When you start out, many professors will encourage you to get a Twitter account to start building up your online presence and to keep your finger on the pulse of what's going on.

My Twitter feed became my morning paper, I followed more news outlets and organizations on facebook and Twitter so that when my professors asked what was going on in the news that day, I would have something to contribute or talk about.

If you're spending hours in the library, you're doing it wrong.
One of the biggest critiques about communication majors like film or journalism is that it's so much easier than things like engineering because you don't have as much homework. WRONG!

We have to be out there talking to people and interacting with the world in a way that isn't more or less hard than math and physics, but it's a different kind of difficult.

You spend as much time outside the classroom as in it.
Sure, you're going out into the world to find stories and people to talk to, but there are some things you might learn in a classroom setting, as well: InDesign for magazine layouts, how you can and can't use Photoshop in a hard news story, Final Cut for videos-you get the idea.

You have to carry yourself like a professional.
As a student, you won't always get a fancy press badge. The trick is walking up to that organizer or security person and confidently saying who you are with, who gave you permission to be there, and holding up that camera or sound equipment up like it means something. It does.

A lot of events don't have dress codes, or they're outside and you just have to dress for the weather. Regardless, being able to carry yourself up like you know what you're doing, (even if you don't), is an important professional--and life--skill.

You become the ultimate one-man-band.
Maybe the end career isn't even in journalism, but you'll come out on the other side a well-rounded writer who can do a little of everything. Knowing how to navigate social media, write HTML code, read court documents, scientific studies, and spreadsheets to decipher the story, and talk to people are all valuable life skills.

So when anyone tells you journalism is the worst major to choose and you'll be poor forever and blah, blah blah (well, maybe), you know what to tell them.