My whole life everyone knew that I wanted to become a nurse anesthetist. So when I came to Georgia Southern University for the nursing program all my family and friends were very encouraging. However, last fall I decided that nursing was something I was not going to be happy doing in 20 years so I decided to change my major to Fashion Merchandising and Journalism (complete 180, I know).
I knew that getting a job in this field would be hard so I started to become more involved in groups around campus that would improve my resume like: Student Media, D.I.M.E.S Fashion Organization, PR for the local boys and girls club, and many more, but still when I told adults my majors I would get the same reaction.
“So how do your parents feel about that?”
The first time I was asked that it really threw me off because in my whole three years at Georgia Southern I have never been asked a question like that. So my simple response was that they were perfectly fine with my decision and know that I have the willpower to do whatever I choose when I graduate college.
My parents know that I will go on to do great things because I am their daughter and they will support me in anything I decide to do. I have open talks with them and the fact that they see how happy I am learning about fashion and perfecting the art of journalism.
Yet I still get the same response from people I know and don’t know when I tell them my majors, and I have come to the realization that it really doesn’t matter what I say, people are going to have their own perception of me as soon as I tell them I hope to become a reporter or editor of a fashion magazine.
Yes my parents are perfectly okay with my decisions, and they are confident in what I do because of how they have raised me. I am not offended that you may be concerned about my career choice, but I am however offended that you are questioning my parent’s ability to raise me into someone that will strive to become the best in whatever. I am happy and so are my parents, but thank you for the concern.
Michelle is a junior and is majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Journalism and is the Reflector’s Editor in Chief. She is a normal college student who has mastered the art of making ramen taste like gourmet and baking a five-minute brownie within three minutes. On any given weekend you can find her in downtown Savannah living out the dream that she is Carrie Bradshaw and lives by the quote “I like my money where I can see it: hanging in my closet.” She loves social media so don’t be alarmed if you get a notification that she liked a picture from 78 weeks ago. Check her out on Twitter @michelle_pratt1.