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April 11, 1988 - Image 23

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APRIL 1988 Dollars And Sense



Choice of major
is minor problem
in scheme of life
By Phil Bowling
The Eastern Progress
Eastern Kentucky U.
"A career objective." "It's your fu-
ture at stake." "Whatever you de-
cide-you'll have to be happy with it
for the rest of your life!"
With these phrases used so often on
campus, it's no wonder there are stu-
dents scared of declaring a major.
The thing to remember is that your
bachelor's degree does not limit you to
one job and one job only. Often, people
will enter the work force, change their
mind and end up working in a remote-

ly related field. At worst, you could
always come back to college later and
pick up an additional degree.
A very close friend of mine has the
problem of keeping a major for longer
than a semester. Every time she
makes a new friend, she fills out a
request to change her major. I swear
that you could tell Cindy that you were
studying to be a physical therapist, a
marine biologist or a computer repair-
man and she would discover an in-
terest in each field.
For many students, sleepness
nights result from choosing a major.
Personally, it is whether a job will be
waiting for me in August.
Seven years ago when I stumbled
into a newspaper job, I enjoyed the
work thoroughly and knew I would
like a career in the journalism field.
With the exception of a few bad days, I
have not regretted my decision.

If I can find a well-paying job shortly
after graduation, I will be content.

But, like those worrying about a
career, when I've had a bad day, I
think of the worst and convince myself
that in August I'll be bagging groceries
at the local Kroger.
After spending four years at East-
ern Kentucky U., I ambeginningto get
restless. Guaranteed job or not, Au-
gust is a glimmering light at the end of
this tunnel.
Until the middle of last semester, I
was the most content student on cam-
pus. The stressful moments of my up-
coming graduation didn't start pop-
ping up until Christmas break when
all my friends, neighbors and relatives
began asking that familiar question:
"So, what are you going to be doing
when you graduate in August?"
All those questions got the same
blank stare in return, with a simple
smile and the accompanying phrase,
"Well, what I hope to be doing is ... "

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