How I Chose My Major: Poli Sci

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How I Chose My Major: Poli Sci

So I get on the plane after visiting the college that calls to my heart – in the center of D.C., the national capitol, the epicenter of political activity in the country. And I hold the course catalogue in my hand. Am I looking at political science? Of course. – as well as everything else on the menu. How many credits can I register for and still get at least 40 minutes of sleep a night? But I’m a computer science major. That’s what I want to do. Isn’t it?

I love computers and building things and looking at a program and saying: I made that. I created it, start to finish, and now it does exactly what I want, exactly how I want it to. I had planned on going to a tech school, and yet here I was, veering toward the liberal arts after falling in love with a campus that focused on something else altogether.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve also always loved politics and the intricacies (and intrigues) of government and policy. But to do that for a living? To plan a career around a liberal arts education? What’s a young girl to do when her heart pulls her in another direction? Well, I’d love to say that I gave it a lot of careful thought and reached a well-researched decision. I didn’t. I jumped in without thinking and ended up in a labyrinth.

The liberal arts are an… interesting field. People think they know more than they do (always). You have to respect the opinions of others (even when they’re stupid) because opinions matter (apparently). I miss the clear-cut field of comp sci. In retrospect, I should have gone into that or mathematics or physics or any field where facts prevail and empirical data count for more than fluffy guesswork and pretty words.

But here I am. That’s how I ended up staring at the abyss of graduation with a barely marketable skill and a mountain of debt. Wish me luck.

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