Breaking The Stereotypes Pushed On Creative Majors

Image: USC School of Cinematic Design

Image: USC School of Cinematic Design

“So what are you planning to major in? What do you want to do in life?”

As an incoming senior in high school, I am constantly asked that question by everyone - from aunts I haven’t spoken to in years, to new acquaintances in my classes. The answer is simple: I’m going to major in English in Film, and my goal is to become a television writer. But I used to be quite hesitant about uttering those words, because I was scared they would judge my dreams as unrealistic or stupid. 

But there is absolutely nothing to feel hesitant about. I am incredibly passionate about both of those subjects, and I should be proud of it. 

Many people assume that students majoring in creative areas such as film, music and art are mindless dreamers, floating through their life with no plan or sense of reality. But I can honestly say that I have a stronger idea of what my career goals are and how I want to accomplish them than most of my friends do - even the ones going into more “realistic” fields. I know exactly what I want my future to look like. And I’m willing to put in the work to get there.. Of course, not all creative majors are this way - many of them actually don’t have a plan - but that’s true for students across all majors. You can’t pigeonhole any major into a certain personality type. 

Instead of making creative majors feel foolish for choosing to pursue a riskier path, people should embrace them with the same support they would give to aspiring doctors, lawyers, and engineers. Every child deserves to be showered in optimism as they prepare to follow their dreams.

Pramika KadariComment