Go ahead, be artsy, do the music and the language and the art, but also STUDY SCIENCE.
Get a minor, do a summer internship, do a double major. There’s nothing and no one that says you can’t study arts and sciences. Do it and you’ll thank yourself later.
Why? Why in the world should I study science? It’s hard and complicated.
Of COURSE it’s hard. If it was easy, any idiot with access to household chemicals could do a world of damage. But that’s not why it’s hard. It’s not hard to prevent people from doing, it’s hard because it helps us do more. It’s important and vital to human development. It gives us medicine, computers, jewelry, central heating and cooling, television, and a better understanding of our world overall. It warns us of natural disasters, medical issues, and a whole host of other problems.
But it can give you a sense of wonder, open your eyes to the universe and really broaden your horizons. No one wants to talk to someone who just talks about music or art or 16th century poets. Conversations are diverse and complex (unless your only source of information is tabloids, then it’s quite simple and dull). Even a small amount of understanding about the world through science does amazing things for your sense of purpose.
It gives you a base of reference. If you’re a writer, you have a knowledge base to pull from. If someone says something scientific on the TV, you know what they’re talking about. If there’s a warning about something, you can figure out just what that means for you. Medical diagnoses, books, games, movies. It goes on and on.
“Learning science removes the mystery!” some might argue.
Well, that’s kind of the point. Scientists are curious. They want to know how or why. They’re not satisfied with “because I said so” or “because it is.” And neither should you. Believe me, learning about how and why the world works only makes me more awestruck. The universe is a big, big place and the qualifications for life are so specific, I am amazed on a daily basis that we’re even here. It’s very humbling and inspiring. We’re here, we might as well do something with it.
Finally, if you study a science, it makes you a better job candidate. You can’t get far with an arts or language degree. Trust me. I have first hand experience with this. Get a minor in science. Get a double major in science. Do the internships. Take the online courses. Get the certifications. You’ll thank me later.
So, study science. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Biology, Astronomy, Ecology, Computer Science. Something. Do it for yourself. Don’t do it because I say you should. Do it because you’ll enjoy some part of it, either the learning, the knowing, or the doing. Yeah, it’s hard, but there’s something to be said for getting your hands dirty and using knowledge you didn’t know you had. It’s worth it.