Disclaimer: this sounds like I’m targeting someone specifically, but I am not. This just happens to me a lot.
So I went to a conference over the weekend. And I met a bunch of different types of people. Mostly, though, I met STEM majors.
And let me just say, most of them were dismissive of me when I told them I was majoring in creative writing.
I think it’s the “creative” part that gets them.
But the most common response I got was a snarky, “And what are you going to do with that?”
Listen. Please stop asking people with unconventional majors this question. You might think you’re expressing curiosity. You might think this sounds like you’re trying to engage in polite small talk.
You might not notice the hints of superiority creeping up in your tone.
You are asking me to justify my choice of future to fit into your world.
People are not inherently better or worse than others because of the career paths they picked in life. And if you think a STEM degree is worth more than mine just because they typically make more money, you’re placing STEM before me for the wrong reasons.
Have you ever heard of passion? Drive? Being so happy in your work that it doesn’t feel like you’re working at all?
Do you get that in your engineering classes? What about for the rest of your life?
You see, I could easily go into something with STEM. But I don’t want to. Because I chose my own happiness and contentment with my life.
Also, to answer your original question. What am I going to do with my degree?
I’m going to take over the world with the written language.
I’m going to be happy.
But please, by all means. Enjoy that superiority complex.
Seriously though, asking us what we’re going to do feels like when your parents ask when you’re going to be getting married and spawning infants.
But in all seriousness, there are plenty of career opportunities for me in the future. Far too many to list. People need other people that know how to write. And they need people with weird, wacky, creative ideas.
Maybe I’ll end up in marketing. Maybe I’ll be a teacher. Maybe I’ll write scripts for T.V. shows or movies. Maybe I’ll go to grad school. Who knows?
Anyway. Thank you for reading this rant-style post. I’m sorry if you’re a STEM person, and I offended you. I didn’t mean to. I wasn’t targeting you–I was simply responding to all my peers that talked down to me at my conference. ❤
Okay, thanks again! More poetry on ~Thursday!~