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12:00 AM, January 30, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 30, 2020

Unconventional Subjects in a Conventional Society

Disapproving glances and doubtful frowns follow the not-so-average student in their despicable journey to higher education. Because the student, in this instance is one that has made the horrible decision of taking “easy” subjects. Where will the arts, humanities and languages ever get you?

Picture this, you have a talent—maybe you’re more than just good—you might have a good chance pursuing it for your future, right? Well according to everyone you come across: wrong. Because if you don’t know already, you will be reminded at every step of the way that there are literally zero successful career options for these subjects and they should really just stay as hobbies. Do not forget that you will get absolutely nowhere with your creative “hobbies”. It’s not like successful artists, musicians and authors get paid gigantic sums of money for their work.

All your uncles and aunties will confidently predict that you’re on a fool’s road and the industries aren’t worth a lot, which could be pretty insulting if you’re studying the arts. You need to understand that these aren’t “real” degrees and options. They’re the easy, fun ones that you absolutely don’t spend sleepless nights over. How hard can writing, painting, designing even get? It’s just a hobby.

If you’re studying History, Sociology or Environmental Sciences, I hate to break it to you but you are not a “woke person”. In fact, there’s a good chance you will be made fun of. Because, “What’s there to know about this?” and “You probably took it because it’s an ‘easy’ option. You should challenge yourself more, you won’t get anywhere with these.” God forbid you ever mention that you enjoy your subjects and want a career you love because nobody will ever take you seriously after that. Hopes and dreams? Don’t be naïve; grow up.

The point is, people are ignorant. A society filled to the brim with people that study and do the same things is more unrealistic than what your uncles and aunties predict about your hopes and dreams. Your “hobbies” never have to stay just hobbies. Your passion for the humanities, for design and architecture and everything frowned upon still has a long way to go. And if you can hopefully make it past the unbearable bias around you, there are a million opportunities and career prospects waiting for you. People pursuing the liberal arts and humanities do make it to great places and so can you.


Faiza enjoys the lazy company of her overweight cat and a million deadlines, reach her at faiza2421@gmail.com

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