Major-Shaming (n.) – a social stigma placed on individuals in a collegiate setting for dedicating themselves to a field of study that may reduce socioeconomic mobility.
– i.e. –
“Stressed? you’re a(n) _______ major you don’t know what stress it.”
“What do you mean you’re tired? You’re a(n) ________ major, you don’t do anything to be tired.”
“You came to school to major in _______?”
“There’s no money in _______.”
I just want to mention that I don’t actually believe there’s an Oxford or Merriam-Webster definition of “Major-Shaming” but if there was, I think this would be a pretty good one don’t you think? Anywho…I think this goes without saying that just about everyone has had a one liner conversation similar to– if not exactly the same as the examples above. In fact, if you veer off of the conversational topic of majors and focus your ‘microphone of life’ on the “so, what do you do?” conversations we strange humans have to socially size each other up, you’d probably hear something along those lines when an answer doesn’t sound quite right, which means that we’re dealing with a deplorable major-shaming epidemic.
As a Pre-Med turned English student, I’ve witnessed both the projection and acceptance of superiority complex as a *STEM major and the horrors of a “hey, you can write/help me write my papers” major. Sure, six to seven chapter block test and being forced to study on holidays is a pain in the arse but so is writing an entire act of a play, coming up with a decent speech that meets time requirements, trying to come up with a unique-enough way to make a string instrument out of some weird heavy duty paper material, or even attempting to scrap up a beginning, middle, and an end of a story that not only has to be interesting but is limited to eight to twelve pages — which by the way, once you get that ball rolling is not an easy task.
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!!!
Not only are STEM’s doing majority of the shaming, and I’m not trying to point any fingers, there’s definitely some non-STEM vs non-STEM major-shaming going on, but STEM’s also get stuffed into these tiny unrealistic Einstein boxes and people always believe (for obvious reasons) that they’ve only gotten the premium 4-year subscription to stress and gray hairs because of the money..
“You’re wasting your time majoring in ________ and it probably won’t even work out.”
“You’re doing it for the money and they don’t even get paid as much as they say.”
It’s a dog-eat-dog world but I am here to assure you that you matter, no matter what. And if you’re major-shaming, or know someone that is let’s end the douching okay? We all know those pesky gray hairs, tears, and irregular sleeping schedules don’t discriminate. Hard work is hard work is hard work!
* The ‘STEM‘ acronym includes those individuals who are involved in curriculums solely based in Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Math.