Do You Regret The Particular College Degree You Received?
I’ll admit that I kind of loathe hearing the word regret. In some ways, it feels like a stain on your life you’re unable to remove. While I have mistakes I’ve made along the way, I’d like to think they helped shape me into the person I am today.
At least this is what I tell myself that makes me feel better.
One question I often get asked is whether or not I regret my college degree. Now that might sound odd to some, but it is a serious question when you consider a little over 27 percent of those employed work in a field that uses their college major. If you stop and think about how much that wonderful degree set you back financially, it might make you scratch your head. I don’t want to be one of those people who are so frustrated with life that they actually try to sell their college degree on eBay.
So what degree, pray tell, do I have? Before you roll your eyes, it’s not theater — though I don’t have an issue with anyone who wants to study up on the arts. My bachelor’s is in art history.
Go ahead and gag.
Honestly, I love what I studied and don’t regret my decision. Growing up, I had no idea what I wanted to do — even when I entered college. Eventually I found my path leading down interior design but loathed the thought of studying architecture (it’s really beautiful to study but comes with too much physics and other stuff). Once I transferred back home to the University of Maryland, I found myself circling around the art history building and learning more about the classes. Now writing long papers and doing research might not be your thing, but for the two years I spent all up and through that department, I was in heaven. I guess this is one of the reasons I don’t regret getting my degree.
Do I use my art history degree in my professional endeavors? Nope. It’s one of those degrees that’s not commonly applied like others. I’ve had my fair share of Debbie Downers who called me stupid for getting a “bourgeoisie degree,” but at the end of the day you have to decide what works for you. The point I’m trying to make is that there are in fact college degrees that are more employable than others, but that doesn’t mean you’ll land employment. Heck, becoming a lawyer is one of the “golden opportunities” most of us heard growing up, and those with law degrees find themselves in the unemployment line — now more than ever.
Nothing in life is foolproof — including a college degree.
For whatever reason you might decide down the road to pursue a new passion that conflicts with your college major, and that’s OK. Sometimes it will require you going back to school, while other times you might be able to use your current experiences to get you where you need to go. Yes, I do have an art history degree, but I was able to find my passion and voice in the world of writing that led to wonderful freelance opportunities. I just recently inked a full-time position on the editorial team of a top parenting website…and that’s with an art history degree.
Sure you can’t decide to become a surgeon without having the proper credentials and education, but it’s not always like that with every job. The best thing you can do is be thankful for what you have and make it work to the best of your ability.
Do you regret your college degree?