By Melanie Chapilliquen
No major is any more special than another.
Listen here, folks and listen well: learning the names of every microorganism is completely irrelevant to some of us. For some of you, it might be the bee’s knees knowing how to successfully construct a bridge, but the rest of us just want to get across it. And to our friend who loves to solve for x – hate to break it to you, but my ex is in the past.
Going to a school like NSU, we have to accept the fact that it’s a college focused on biological research. With a reputation like this, it’s no surprise that a majority of the student population is involved in science-related majors. However, you cannot assume that a major like biology, chemistry, nursing, etc. is more important or more difficult just because there are more students enrolled in these areas. Sure, you have the advantage of having a dozen course offerings throughout the semester so you can have a more flexible schedule, but there are some of us who do not have this privilege. As a minority major, it can be frustrating to know that your major is looked down upon and dismissed by others as easier to pursue because it may not seem as complex as slicing a frog open.
Every major has its own challenges and ways of implementing their core lessons; whether it be memorization, slicing and dicing, or learning how to effectively speak in front of an audience without turning into a tomato. For example, as a communication major, I have to write concisely and effectively all at once. You think it’s hard to keep your tweets under the character count? We have to keep our lives under the character count. Math majors recite formulas in their sleep, and they find the average number of sheep that jump over the fence per minute. Business majors are already ahead of the curve – they’re fully aware of how they need to survive the debt of college tuition.
I’m not going to lie, I would probably cry if I had to memorize the process of how my toe cells split – get it, mitosis. Someone please laugh while reading this. That being said, everyone has their strengths and weaknesses in different fields. Stop thinking that a certain subject area is far more difficult than another. Some biology majors may struggle to write a five-page essay, while communication majors can barely pass Intro to Biology.
Instead of tearing people down by calling other majors easier than yours, put yourself in their shoes and try to help them in the areas that are their downfalls. They may be able to do the same for you. We’re all in the same sea, trying to survive. We may be Sharks, but let’s not eat each other alive.