I don’t usually ever yell; I have more effective ways to relay my passion. Hence, this lengthy intro to my paper for my Argument class.
Read on, friends, PLEASE, read on.
—Choosing a major within the STEM realm appeals to your average high-school senior because mom and dad and now America, are all yelling: “Pick one of ‘those’ majors. They can land you a job. They can feed you money. They can offer you a life of comfort.”
Meanwhile, English Departments and Liberal Arts Colleges are perpetually whispering: “I’m not here to yell at you, sweet, young, inexperienced child. I’m here to tell you it’s alright if you aren’t sure what your life purpose is, as both a human and a working citizen. I’m here to tell you, you aren’t alone in this ambiguous, daunting quest to overall certainty. Your novelty doesn’t deem you insufficient or behind by any means. We’re here to offer you the opportunity to explore what makes this world and your heart tick and persist.
We welcome you, we believe in you, and we will nudge you out into the world with more than the promise of a place to go from nine to five. We will instill in you the assurance that there is more to the human experience than the stability of a profession. There’s passion and perspective, analysis and cultivation. There’s confusion and nuances within and throughout every nook and cranny you traipse through.
We are here to expose and applaud what you have to say about what you are seeing and experiencing. The answers you develop and unearth from that inquiry will mold and lead you to where you can be of assistance to the greater good of this world and the people within it. The journey is worth it, my friend. Let’s begin.”
—We are telling our children who we want them to be by the ways in which we direct them. We are telling them what is truly important by what we suggest, what we prioritize, and surely by what we glorify. Instead, let us exalt them; let’s give rise to their curiosities, their already developed passions and accomplishments.
As parents, teachers, adults, citizens, humans, etc., let’s redefine the culture we’ve created for STEM and against English Majors. No dichotomy should exist between these worlds. There is no ‘right’ nor ‘wrong’ major to pursue. We are misleading future generations by implying so.
We choose our paths individually, on a minute-to-minute basis. THAT is empowerment. Rather than telling our youth: “You should study a major dealing with science, technology, engineering, or mathematics if you want a job,” why not rephrase and re-define or principles by gently ensuring students that, “what you’re interested in matters, what you study doesn’t define you, and what you receive a degree in doesn’t guarantee any sort of contentment or etched-in-stone profession.” English isn’t the enemy here. Our cultural attitude toward choosing a major based on the single desire to receive a paycheck is the culprit.
We aren’t here to take up space. I want to live in a community that prioritizes the human element when faced with the decisions of choosing and altering pathways. Financial stability seems much too childish and temporary to hone in on; I can play Monopoly to satisfy pursuits as such. As it’s been said, “There is much to be done. Let’s not lose sight.”