Yes, I am a communication major, and yes, I am going to go far in my life and career. The education of a communication student may not be comparable to the life-and-death demands of a nursing student, but we all do work our butts off.
With my senior year flying by, I have been asked more frequently what my major is. After my answer, most responses are confusion. People seem to be unaware of how a communication degree can get me a career after graduation.
The stigma of the communication major is that it is a colossal waste of money at college. Unfortunately, people do not seem to see how significant the major can really be.
Multiple papers due every week, presentations and endless amounts of notes are just some of our easier tasks. Building a portfolio and a resume are the cornerstones of showing what we do.
Outside of our school work, most of us communication students participate in a great variety of activities and organizations around school and outside of school. For all of us, we need to have some prior experience in order to get employed after graduation.
Because I respect other students’ majors, I expect the same respect for mine. I love my major and the education that I have been provided thus far. I also enjoy all the opportunities that have been provided for me, such as writing for the newspaper, participating in Lambda Pi Eta and volunteering at several campus events.
Before making another judgment about communication majors, take a look at your phone or turn on your TV. The news broadcasters and journalists who report on your favorite stories–they were most likely communication majors prior to their careers.
For all the other communication students out there who get questioned about their education choices, take my advice. Remember that following your dreams is far more important than any judgment made about you.
Doing what makes you happy is going to turn into the biggest reward. Being a communication student does not mean you will be jobless or poor; it means you are going to impact the world some day with your writing and interpersonal skills.