Monday, December 19, 2005
Why I Didn't Major in Women's Studies
The answer is here. Take a look at what last year's engineering, computer, and business majors made right out of college compared to what their liberal arts counterparts made. Who can afford to be a liberal arts major? Who can drop thousands of dollars to major in something that has a high rate of college grads waiting tables?
I certainly couldn't afford it. I didn't go to college for any kind of "personal fulfillment". I went because I was dirt poor and didn't want to continue to be dirt poor. Although college did turn out to be personally fulfilling, I couldn't shell out that kind of cash just for that reason.
I don't like to use the phrase "liberal elite". But sometimes I see why it was coined.
Finance classes are a perfect example of this. I remember sitting in those classes thinking how I was getting both smarter and dumber at the same time. Smarter because I learned a bunch of formulas and how to use them. Dumber because I felt all my creativity was being sucked out of me!
An Engineering graduate asks: "How does it work?"
An Accounting graduate asks: "How much will it cost?"
A Psychology graduate asks: "How do you feel about it working?"
A Liberal Arts graduate asks: "Do you want fries with that?"
You think everybody who went to law school got a degree in cellular biology?
And what she said about a lack of any liberal arts education. I once took a creative writing class and ended up with the section that all the engineers took for their humanities credit. It was NOT pretty.
Even if you get a scholarship (like I did) it's hard to pay living expenses to stay in school that long. You can hold a job as an undergrad, but in law school it's tougher. The UIowa law school doesn't even allow you to work.
I don't think many engineering/computer/business majors were dirt-poor kids who practically chose the most lucrative career path, nor that liberal-arts majors are rich kids who figure they'll come out all right. At least when I went to college, a lot of those liberal-arts grads were positive they'd be tenured professors after grad school (or that they were pre-law), and the engineering students were in engineering because, well, they were gearheads. ;)