YES! i love your last post. my college experience was one of the best times of my life - it taught me not just about painting, but also taught me how to think in ways i would've never come across if i hadn't gone. it challenged me in ways i couldn't have done by myself.
i get so many upturned noses when they hear what i majored in and what i'm doing with my life. so what if i majored in visual art and art history? going to college isn't just to get a job, even if you go for something "respectable" there are no guarantees you'll get a job once you graduate. (for example, my ex went/is going to grad school for astrophysics. impressive, right? but some of the biggest jobs he could've gotten are now gone because of the massive scale-backs to NASA. he could go into teaching, but isn't that a back-up plan for any major?)
my current boyfriend went to undergrad for computer science, and has a well-paying job as a software engineer. his coworkers laugh about how "stupid" history and art majors are, but what they don't know is that he is going to grad school for history and journalism. it's not a guaranteed "job market" but it's what he wants to do with his life. do people in "respectable" positions expect the world to be so homogenous that the only jobs to be had are for doctors, lawyers, accountants, and engineers? what a boring and ultimately unfulfilling world that would be...
Thank you for your response, very inspiring! I think you point out that most people fail to see the big picture: liberal arts is just as important to a society and culture as science & mathematics. I believe science teaches us how to live, and the arts teach us why we live. Unfortunately many believe that the world would be okay without the arts and humanities… I hope we never find out if they are right.
Being a 28 year old community college student in the worst recession in our nations history, I tend to often read about the state of post secondary education and job opportunities on the interweb. I notice there are a lot of articles with titles like “worst paying college degrees”, “degrees with the best financial value”, etc etc.
Which I immediately respond: when did college become simply just a place to increase your chances of getting a well paying job?
I do not argue that a good paying job is a PART of the equation to a college education but it shouldn’t be the primary factor. When did EVERY college & university become a trade school? I thought the idea was to go to college to expand your horizons, become more disciplined and mature, and gain critical thinking skills crucial for the real world. Am I wrong?
I admit that I do focus on Art and Art History in my studies partly because I want a job in that field. I have been told that this is a bad choice according to income statistics. Am I supposed to care? Of course I should to a certain extent. I, like every American, wants a decent job with a decent yearly income.
But I am not going to change what I want to study and why I want to go to to college(to learn and grow) in order to increase my chances(but not guarantee) of landing a job.
Because of the state of the economy and unemployment in the United States, many ask the question: Is it still worth it to go to college? Despite the growing cost of a college education and the lack of jobs right now, I think the answer is still a definite YES. But I probably feel this way because I aim to study and major in subjects I care about(liberal & visual arts) and not go to school simply just to land a “killer” job by becoming 1 in millions with a business degree. I have nothing against majoring in business… IF your passionate about business. Isn’t college about discovering your passion and who you are in the process?
I am sure this all sounds way to naive and idealistic to many(and it probably is). But I think it is realistic to say that our societies profit first approach has clearly distorted and corrupted our educational system to the point where we have radically changed our reasons to attend college.
Anyways… its my birthday today, just turned 28. And I am still in community college majoring in Art, after switching majors several times(English, Music, Polysci, before Art). And even though my life and career is definitely in the balance, I am still going to study what I want to study and I would not have changed anything that led me through those majors to art.
So I guess this long rant is a plea to students everywhere to enjoy the college experience, major in something you care about, and use the experiences and skills you acquire in college and in life to find your way through the world.
I was in my 5th year of community college focusing on my GE’s and being a possible English major, still in the “what the heck do I want to do with my life” phase of my college career. I always found art interesting, I drew comics and cartoons as a kid but nothing real serious, and I didn’t take art very seriously. But I decided to take a drawing class as a school requirement… I fell in love, more specifically, I fell in love with art and being an artist. I took every art class my school had to offer and it led me to being the abstract painter I am today, and it led me to being Proxarts Art Editor, Curator and Writer. I have curated several shows, sold and displayed several paintings, and written about and have had conversations with dozens of amazing artists.
All because I took a drawing class…
Now I am going to just take a design class. I am excited, scared, intrigued, and intimidated by (graphic) design. Just like I was of art before that drawing class. I know my experience and foundation in fine art will help, I have a great eye for design and I know what looks good and what doesn’t, but that is all I know…. for now.
I guess the point is that just follow your heart, it always gives you the best advice. It led me to art, Proxart, curating, and writing. Now its leading me to design and other creative endeavors. All I am doing is following…. I hope everyone does the same at some point in their lives, you’ll have no idea where you will end up(I still have no idea) but the ride will be full of passion and love, and nothing can take that away from you.