This morning I was having a conversation with my daughter about college classes as some of her older cousins are going off to college in the Fall. She was wondering how many different classes you could take each semester and suggested that you could take classes in your major and your minor. I suggested the idea of taking a class just because you may be interested in the subject and she informed me that this was not allowed…she is eleven.
How does my daughter at age eleven already feel that you have to choose a course of study in college and follow that course into the world of work? Cultural norms support the idea that we have one purpose; that we are meant to do one important thing here on this earth over and over again until we achieve mastery.
This general cultural bias towards specialization leaves out the opportunity for one to experience a broad range of possibilities. And in some of us, it creates anxiety over the consequences of choosing the wrong major or taking the wrong job or wanting to switch career paths in midlife. What if you want to study many subjects or have many careers or would like to pursue many interests? What if you’re an E ticket kind of person who just wants to do all the stuff!!