Unpopular opinion: I miss being a student.
For those of you who don’t know, I work at a university, specifically, the university I went to for my bachelor’s degree, wherein I studied Psychology and Counselling. My school is now my workplace. Reminiscing comes naturally when you work at your Alma Mater and see your old stomping grounds as a student everyday.
When I say I miss being a student, I want to be absolutely clear that: 1) I don’t miss being a broke teenager making minimum wage and 2) I don’t miss the stress and anxiety of studying for exams. So, let’s establish that. I am not a psychopath.
What I really miss is learning about Psychology. I loved, loved, loved it so much!
As an undergraduate student, I was very fond of studying the history of Psychology. One of the highlights of my undergraduate life is learning about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. I’m huge fans of both, though not necessarily a supporter of all their theories. I am definitely very Jungian, but that’s a story to tell for another time. I know that a lot of people who majored in Psychology likely can’t relate, but learning about Freud, Jung, and Adler (let’s not forget him) just gave me so much inspiration. Honestly, we have those three to thank for the state of mental health care in 2019. Studying their theories was more entertaining than reading celebrity gossip. And trust me, I’m not one to shy away from celebrity gossip.
Social Psychology also rocked my world. Back in my undergraduate days, I tried to take as many classes as I possibly could about Social Psychology because I felt like it truly enriched my life and made me more emotionally intelligent. I almost didn’t take any electives because they just didn’t appeal to me as much as Social Psychology courses. One theory I learned that has really changed my life is the self-expansion theory. In fact, a lot of the actions I take (i.e., career, exercise, blogging, etc.) are motivated by my goal of positive self-expansion. I’m so glad my professors taught this theory because it’s so applicable to life.
All that being said, the main reason I majored in Psychology is that so that I could, one day, become a therapist. Mental health is something I value deeply, and I had hoped to help people deal with their psychological struggles and process their traumas. I envisioned myself as a crusader for eliminating the stigma of mental illnesses in society. However, I realized after graduation that I am not meant to counsel people. Through a brief volunteer stint at the Crisis Line, I came to a conclusion that I may have been wrong that it was my calling. That’s also a story for another time.
I don’t believe this is where my relationship with Psychology ends. I will continue to read books and continue to watch TED talks that are Psychology-related. I plan on starting a master’s degree sometime in the next few years, and who knows, it just might be related to Psychology. I’ll be a lifelong student of it no matter what.
Sometimes, I think about how I could’ve majored in something else that could’ve led to a higher-paying career like Computing Science or Business. I often joke that I should’ve majored in Computing Science, so that I could have moved to Silicon Valley, but who am I kidding? I was horrible at coding!
All jokes aside, I don’t regret majoring in Psychology. How can I when it has enhanced my understanding of human beings so much and most importantly, myself? I am who I am today because of what I studied. This blog would not exist had I not majored in Psychology.
If I had a time machine and ended up in 2012, the year I chose my major, I would tell my 19-year-old self: “Thank you for being true to yourself and studying what you love”.