What’s My Major?

So here I am, at the computer lab at school. I would have waited until I got home to start making any kind of entries, but I wanted to get this out.

Currently, my major is set to Computer Science. This is a subject that – if you ask any of my friends or family, they’ll tell you I’m good with. The only problem is that looking at the classes for the major, I’d need to take lots of math and programming courses. I’m really not sure I want to be a programmer. I DO want to do systems and network administration and network security. Those are the areas that I’m currently finding attractive and interesting.

However, my CS degree has a dirty little secret competitor. It’s called Creative Writing. I’ve looked over the major, and it’s a lot less math intensive. Don’t get me wrong, I do like math, but I don’t love math. It was my strongest subject in high school. I’ve found over the last several years though, that I love to write. I’ve written – well, started – several stories that I have published on FanFiction.Net and I’ve enjoyed writing them. I like not only getting lost in a good story that others have read, but I like to get lost in my own creations too.

So, in addition to Comp Sci, I want to also major in Creative Writing.

I’ve been wondering for the last few weeks though, “what exactly does one do professionally with a degree in Creative Writing?”

Today I asked my English professor that very question. She answered with some stuff I’d already thought of, but more things I hadn’t thought of. Apparently, there’s no Doctorate degree in CW, so the Master’s degree for CW is a “terminal degree” meaning it’s the highest degree one can get. A MSF in CW is potentially worth a lot of money should I decide to teach the subject. And if I were to become a published author on top of that, it would open even more doors.

She suggested that I take a Creative Writing course. She seems to think that I would feel like, “somebody just sat you there and set you free!” Talk about getting a guy worked up. 🙂 I’m really excited about this prospect, and might look into it next semester. I do know that I can take the course and have it count toward my major at a 4-year institution.

Honestly, I was really only considering the degree because I figured it would make me a better writer and increase my chances of getting published.

This chat I had today has really given me some excitement for the degree, and has me considering changing my major to CW right now! I am going to wait a little bit before I make any rush decisions though.

Anyway… I just had to share this and get it written down before the thought completely slipped my mind. I’m going to do some math homework now. Thanks for visiting and Keep Coming Back!!!

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3 Responses to What’s My Major?

  1. Nathan says:

    I can’t really suggest anything, but I can tell you what happened to me: A computer science degree will probably eventually make you money. While I know a few people who are happy and work in programming or I.T., I don’t know anyone who’s actually happy *doing* programming or I.T. The job just supports the rest of what they do.

    Take a CW course, anyway.

  2. Ian says:

    Thanks, Nathan. I’m definitely going to take a CW course. It sounds like it could be fun.

  3. Ol' Dad says:

    If programming is a “step” along the way, so be it. Get it under your belt and keep moving ahead. As for writing, you seem to have a great talent in that direction. However, it would likely be a good idea to get that degree in IT to keep some beans on the table while you pursue your writing passions.

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