From a very young age, the millennial generation has been taught to follow its dreams. That is something I absolutely agree with. You should always follow your dream.
Whether you wish to be an actor, a singer, a dancer, a filmmaker, a writer, an artist, or anything, you should pursue that dream no matter what.
That being said, our generation has an issue with this. Millions of people want to be the exact same thing you aspire to be. Sadly, it is not at all guaranteed that you will ever achieve your dream.
That is why, as young adults, we should prepare for the worst when we go to college. What we see a lot of these days are artists and dreamers of all kinds going to college to major in something that will not guarantee them a job because they go all in on their dreams betting their way of life. Countless students are going to school to major in art, music, film, etc. because they want a job in those fields.
What they don’t understand is that it is very difficult to get a job in those fields. I’m not saying to never pursue your dreams—just don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
If you are a college student who has a dream to make it big, plan your life on the chance that you will not achieve your dream right away. Do not get a degree in something like art.
Before you can achieve your dream, you need to have a decent-paying job to live. You’re not going to get a decent job with an art degree or a degree in Ukrainian folk dancing. Those degrees are useless.
What you should do is get a degree in something you can easily get a job with and then make your dreams come true on the side.
The problem is not enough young adults think ahead. Tons of millennials go to college and major in degrees that won’t get them anywhere. Then, when they graduate, they’re thousands of dollars in debt and can’t get a decent-paying job. At this point, they realize they can’t achieve their dream as soon as they had hoped.
Where does that leave them? Screwed.
Why do you think it’s a stereotype that Starbucks employees are art majors? It is a shame to see so many college graduates working such meager jobs as their career because they realized their degree is useless.
I know there are people who will read this and say “there are no useless degrees,” but there are—see gender studies. If you decide to attend college, get a degree that’ll get you a job.
Get a good job and then try to follow your dreams. You should always have a safety net. If it takes you years to achieve your dream or it never happens at all, at least you have your safety net career and haven’t wasted your life and your money.
We’ve got a thousand art and music majors who are forced to become cashiers and waiters with a ton of student debt—and now they are voting socialist. Our generation, big dreamers that major in useless fields of study, is a generation of failures.
I have a dream myself: my dream is to become a screenwriter. As I’ve been attempting to crack my way into the business, I’ve realized just how difficult it is.
It may take me a while to achieve my dream. That is why I’m not majoring in creative writing.
I’m majoring in education because becoming a teacher is also one of my dreams, but also because I know as a teacher—especially a male elementary school teacher—I can get a job just about anywhere.
I may become a screenwriter. I may not.
What I do know is that I will at least be able to have a degree that will get me a decent job. So, if you have a dream and are planning on going to college, I strongly suggest finding a useful major that you enjoy. Follow your dream, but have a backup plan.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.