Why Parents Should Let Their Children Pick Their Own Major

Parents have their child’s best interest at heart when they urge them to pursue a certain major. However, experts say that this is not a good idea. Shannon Reed is a college professor. She is used to seeing kids bummed. Most of these kids are not upset because they do not like their roommate or their grades are not up to par. The kids are unhappy because they are pursuing a major that they do not like.

 

Shannon often asks people why they are pursuing careers like medicine or law if they do not want to. They often say they choose the major that their parents wanted them to. Shannon sees the toll that this takes on students every day. One of her students came into her office crying because he got a C in calculus. He was studying engineering and did not want to tell his parents.

 

This student was not good at math. He did not want to be an engineer. His dream career was a zoologist. It is difficult to be a zoologist. However, it is even harder to succeed in a career that you are not naturally good at.

 

Millennials often get a bad rap. However, most of them are in college because they really want to be. They want to learn more about the world and meet new people. They also want to develop morals and ethics. Additionally, they are willing to work hard, but they often fall short of meeting their parents’ expectations.

 

College is expensive. Many parents either have to pay out of pocket or co-sign on loans. Parents convince their children to pursue a particular career path because they want to make sure that the return on investment will be worth it. However, it is important to remember that a four-year liberal arts college is not really designed to prepare a person for a particular job. That is what trade schools are for.

 

Many students do not know what they want to do with their life. Spending time in college helps them figure that out. Parents should assist their children in finding a viable career path. However, parents should support their children instead of taking their choices away.