By: Hayley Baldzicki, @hayleybaldzicki
We will admit it. We’re social media & grammar fanatics.
I am a communication major. Yes, that’s right, I am going to school so I can learn how to talk to people- or so that’s what people think. I couldn’t be more excited about the idea of waking up everyday and knowing that I have an impact on public opinion. However, I am not naïve. I realize there are a lot of people who believe majoring in communication is an utter joke and a waste of an education.
To those who say I take the easy classes: I’m sure some of our classes are easier than your physics classes. Want to know why? Because when communication crisis breaks in our agency, we aren’t going to need to know what the quadratic formula is. We learn how to brand in a way that’s best for the client and the public. We learn how to use persuasive tactics to maintain a good name when scandal hits. We learn how to research in order to find out what is best for our client. We learn how to maintain our social media as a good mix of professional and witty. Our major requires multitasking, critical thinking and of course being a people person. We are the social butterflies and boy do we take pride in it.
To those who say I will not make any money: I get this one a lot and I can’t argue compared to some other professions. I know a communication/public relations position is not the number one paying job in this country and it might not even be in the top 10. But if all I cared about was money when choosing what I wanted to with my life, I wouldn’t be going into a field I love and that’s a risk I’m willing to take. I’m proud to say I chose a major based on what I am passionate about, not based on the salary.
To those who will join me in the field of communication: This is going to be a whirlwind. Everyday will not be the same and at times, work will be so unpredictable. We’ll be required to think on our toes and roll with the punches. Our job will allow us to be creative and express ourselves through our work. Our degree can get us a job in public relations, event planning, human resources, marketing and social media. Sure, a “communication” degree seems so broad, but look at all the opportunities we have with a BSC. If I have any advice for you when you are questioned on why you chose your major, I’d say: Aim for your passions, work hard and stop caring about what other people think about your career choice. Because it is your life, not theirs.
“Don’t let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”