As college students, one of the first questions we’re asked in a social situation is what we are majoring in. More often than not, the question that immediately follows is why we chose it or what we plan on doing in the future. This topic is over-spoken about and monotonous, but something that most of us are trained with an all too well-rehearsed answer after the first couple of encounters. So, for the five hundredth time, here are some reasons why I chose to be a Communications major:
Process of Elimination. When it came time for me to begin applying to colleges and select a major, my dad suggested that I scour a book of majors to help narrow the all-too-lengthy and overwhelming list. It went something like this: Anthropology? No. Biology? No. Linguistics? No. Political Science? No. Physics? [dramatic pause] Heck, no. This went on throughout most of the book. Don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of majors that sounded interesting, but nothing that I felt confident enough in to commit to four years of studying and a lifetime working in. Communication was the only major that I felt passionate about and could envision myself doing long term. (Also I talk too much so I thought it would make sense that I choose Communication as a major in college.)
The Broadness of Communication. One reason I had so much trouble settling on a major was that I found myself interested in too many areas. I couldn’t choose a major because everything seemed too limited. A Nursing major only has one career choice: a nurse. An Education major only has one career choice: a teacher. What I liked so much about communication was that I had a range of many different career choices that all fall under the same umbrella. I could become a public relations specialist, a publicist, a writer, a marketing strategist, a social media manager or a branding expert all after earning a single degree. As someone who is terrified at getting tied down to an office job that is overly predictable and stagnant, the versatile and ever changing world of communication seemed like the perfect place for me to learn a lot and have a wide skill set.
Computers Can’t Do it For You. One piece of information given to one of my first communication classes at Ohio State was that communication is a field in which computers can’t necessarily do. As technology progresses, corporations are looking to cut employment and save money by using computers to do jobs that people traditionally did in the past. However, being able to speak to the public, write content for blogs or social media, and represent people in the media are all jobs that require people to do them; computers won’t cut it. In addition to this, all companies and public figures need some sort of representation or presence in the media to sell their brand. There should be no shortages of job opportunities with a communication degree or fear of having a degree that won’t mean anything in 10 years. Communication will always be needed as long as there are companies and brands.