Rosemary Chesney, asst. sports editor

“What are you going to do with that major?” I’m sure you’ve all heard that question before, from parents or friends or friends’ parents. A few days ago, one of my best friends asked me what I was ever going to use my communications major for and wondered if it was worth the money for me to attend an expensive four-year college. You see her mindset, along with thousands of other people’s, is that the purpose of college is solely to earn a degree to secure a safe job. I disagree. 

She’s right in the sense that I may never directly use my communications major for a career. According to Brad Plumer from the Washington Post, only 27% of college graduates actually end up in a job related to their major, and it’s mainly the teaching and medical majors. 

So, the question remains, is my college experience worthless if I don’t end up in a career tied to my major? I don’t think so. I would even go so far as to say that while your major is certainly an important aspect of college, networking and life experiences are possibly more valuable advantages of attending college. 

Have you ever heard the phrase, “your network is your net worth?” My dad explained to me that the majority of people discover their career path through connections with other people rather than the specific major they earned in college. Therefore, one major purpose of college is to build your network so that more job opportunities will arise. 

Attending a four-year college provides more than a network and a degree. It develops invaluable characteristics and transferable skills that one cannot learn while staying at home, such as independence, social skills and confidence. Not to mention the invaluable internship opportunities that emerge through college outside of the classroom. 

So, is it absolutely necessary for every single high schooler to attend a 50-thousand-dollar four-year college like Berry? Of course not. College is a fantastic tool to gain transferable skills, undergo life experiences and build your personal network. However, trade schools, gap years, apprenticeships and jobs after high school can be just as beneficial. Every person’s path is different, and neither is superior to the other. 

My dad’s mindset towards college, and mine too, is to study what you enjoy and think is valuable, build your social network, take advantage of as many opportunities as possible and grow your character and transferable skills. If the degree you earn leads directly to a career after college, then that’s awesome. If not, then it is no big deal, because all the other aspects of college combined will inevitably lead to a career path no matter what major you choose. 

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