Choosing a major feels like a big life commitment because –– for some reason –– we believe that it somehow determines the rest of our lives. While it may have an impact in the field you establish a career in, it by no means determines your life. In fact, you can choose a major and not have any clue what your life is going to look like. You’re allowed to choose your major based on what you are interested in and passionate about. Don’t let the fear of finding a job, deter you from using your God-given interests and passions to study what you want to study.
Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to travel the world. Growing up, the only opportunity I had to do this was in my history classes, so I thought I wanted to study history. Fast forward to sophomore year of high school, I learned the word, "anthropology" — the study of humans and culture. I knew this is what I wanted to study, I wanted to see the diversity of God’s image-bearers all over the world. This is my passion. When friends and family hear that I am an anthropology major, they think I plan on being the next Indiana Jones. No matter how many times I explain that my emphasis is in linguistics and not archaeology, I am still faced with the question: What can you do with that?
With such a versatile major as linguistic anthropology, I could do a lot. My discipline proves to be useful in many careers and provides insight to a lot of situations. The career center helped me to realize this, by showing me how to make it marketable. They equipped me with different job/internship-hunting tools. Their various personality tests, also helped to affirm that my natural gifts and abilities are well suited for this area of study.
My academic advisor was another really helpful guide. He gave me one-on-one attention to show me which classes were most relevant for my area of interest. He was also a good resource for showing me how a degree in anthropology isn’t just going to leave me in debt. In fact, it’s because of his inspiration, along with advice I heard from the career center, that I decided to minor in communication studies!
With all that said, how do I respond to friends and family that ask, "What are you going to do with that?" I follow up my initial, “I don’t know,” with my dreams and aspirations. I supplement my unknown future with the stories of where anthropology and communications have taken so many other people. And finally, I show them how many Biola graduates actually have jobs.No matter what you major in, Biola works hard to best prepare you for a job after you graduate. Want my advice next time someone challenges you for choosing a certain major? Prayerfully dream big, dutifully work hard, and lovingly trust God.