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Life Choices Aren’t Cheap

Posted by Briana Burley-Inners on Feb 13, 2017 3:55:39 PM
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When I graduated high school, I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but I wasn’t convinced that it was for certain what I wanted. I came into Lycoming College as an implied theatre major, which means that I was understood as a theater major and had all the benefits and responsibilities of a major, but I was not declared as one. However, part of me knew that theatre was nowhere near what I wanted to major in. I had no idea what I wanted to major in, but I viewed the performing arts as an escape from the everyday life and something to do, not as a career. I had always imagined myself as a commercial design major or architectural design, something at least along those lines. So, if you are in the same boat as I was, you’re not alone! Here is my process of figuring out my life.

Major idea #1: Theatre

Theatre at Lycoming CollegeI have been involved in theatre since I was in 7th grade. The family I developed while doing it was irreplaceable and I knew it was a safe place for me since I didn’t quite feel like I belonged anywhere else. Then I graduated, and I intended on doing something related to art in some way, but I never expected theatre. I came to Lycoming and though I love the performing arts, I simply could not see myself pursuing it as a major to turn into a career. I thought that maybe it would be a good major despite my doubts. Here I am, a year and a half later as a sophomore and I have declared my major, and guess what: it is not a theatre major. Instead I decided that I would not let my classes go to waste and became declared as a Theatre History minor. I simply spent too much time in a major I doubted from the beginning and I guess I should have followed my gut. Don’t take me wrong, I love the drama department at Lyco, but the career just simply is not my first choice.

Major idea #2: Psychology

I always had an interest in psychology since I was in middle school, specifically abnormal psychology. Abnormal Psychology is the study of mental disorders and illnesses, and the effects they have on humans and ways to treat them, including psychotherapy. Being a student with anxiety and a mild form of depression, I thought this would be interesting. Sadly, I did not have a psych class until my fall semester of sophomore year in college before I realized that I would love to double major or simply minor in psychology. This would not be an issue if I didn’t have to start from square one right in the middle of my sophomore year when time is beginning to fly faster and faster. If I can find a way to ensure I graduate on time and get all my psychology credits, I may become a psych minor.

Major idea #3: Corporate Communications (CCOM)

I was going out on a limb with this idea. Corporate communications had an advertising course that I became interested in and signed up for despite the fact that it was secretly a business class and I am the least likely person to be found in a business class. Anyways, I tried it out and I did enjoy the course and learned a great deal from Professor Donati. Sadly, business has never been my thing and I decided not to pursue business but instead looked into the art of creating the advertisements and design, which led me into my next idea for a major: digital communications.

Major idea #4: Digital Communications

Lycoming College Film Awards

I am slowly getting closer to figuring out what I wanted to do at this point. I realized that I wanted to be an art student. Digital communication is the moving motion picture of the art world. Film and movies are all under this umbrella category of art, but I have always been interested in the stand-still picture which leads me to where I am today.

Major idea #5: Commercial Design

Remember how I said when I graduated high school that I had intended on the idea of commercial design? I should have gone with my gut. I have declared myself to be a commercial design major at Lycoming College and I am happy with this choice. I enjoy art and I would love to have it as my major. Art is a necessity even if our society doesn’t treat it like one. Our generation grew up believing that we should be doctors, lawyers, scientists, or the president. Not often do we find parents who want their kids to be tattoo artists, architects, or sculptors. But I will be the one who has a job I love instead of a job I loathe.

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