Arts & Humanities: Don't Leave College Without Them

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Like seven-year-olds, we should pursue whatever catches our attention because if we’re focused on finding our single passion, we could pass by the highly important art of discovery and explora- tion, across all fields. So that big question of what you want to be when you grow up shouldn’t be so daunting. When we love what we’re doing, success and money comes anyways. Therefore, we should follow the gut of our seven-year-old selves. If you love science and want to be an engineer or doctor go for it. If you love music and history, you can be just as impactful and successful. No matter who or where you are, don’t lose touch with your seven-year-old self and apply your in- terests to multiple fields. For a seven-year-old, a meaningful life is full of strong relationships, learning, and play. Find this in your life as an adult, and you’ll realize all those desires involve the arts and humanities and are necessary for finding yourself.

I am majoring in psychology and looking at careers in marketing and business. The arts and humanities are an instrumental part of who I am and what I want to do. I strongly believe in in- terdisciplinary matters and bringing all interests and knowledge to the table as the best way to solve problems. The arts and humanities help me every day in communicating, learning and reflecting and without my appreciation for them, I would live a very different life.

to be seven

by Megan Lepore

I was born in 1998 so I’m part of Generation Y. Imagine my surprise when I was looking up “Gen- eration Y” on the internet and read one article that said that I should look for careers in science, engineering, medicine…for these were “good choices.” The page warned me to steer away from careers in English, history and geology. It even apologized: “sorry” (“The Generations”). Now, I don’t know what career I want to pursue, and I don’t know what my passion is. However, I am not on track to being a doctor or an engineer, nor do I want to be. Like so many other young people, I want to make a difference, but I don’t think these careers are the only way. In fact, younger generations are making an impact more than ever and the demand for socially responsi- ble organizations in every discipline are on the rise (Hais and Winograd). Today, young people see problems first and then search for solutions, which is why we want to work in environments that do the same. To do this, we need the arts and humanities.

I am still young, but if I could go back to any age, I’d be seven. At seven, you’re gaining independ- ence and are able to do things on your own, but you’re still so young, wildly creative, and unapolo- getically yourself. I think we can all learn from this. Being impulsive can be a bad quality, but it means we’re not waiting around. We go after what we want. As adults, we should do what we’re interested in first, and not worry as much about success, money or promotions. I know I have to make a living, but I also want to do something that would interest my seven-year-old self. At seven I was always in the woods building fairy houses out of sticks or making up skits in my bed- room with my friends. What did you love when you were seven? What were you boiling over with excitement to do on the weekends? Now imagine your seven-year-old self without any arts and hu- manities influences; say goodbye to your princess or elaborate truck phase. Say goodbye to your tel- evision series, your crayons, your singing.


Arts & Humanities

Don’t Leave College Without Them


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