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I'm Asking: Did Your Parents Have a Say in Your College Major?

I'm Asking: Did Your Parents Have a Say in Your College Major?

College is all about independence, at least in terms of making every day choices like going to class, what to eat, and how late to stay out. My parents didn't try and stop me when I declared my major, though I knew other students who weren't given the freedom to choose any major they pleased. CNN Money's article "Your highly educated dishwashers" gives a little perspective into the thought process of parents with college-bound kids, and it got me wondering how many of your majors were influenced by your parents. Did your parents have a say?


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Zinziii Zinziii 8 years
My mum has always supported my decisions. She encouraged me to take the course I'm doing but it was what I wanted to do anyway.
Savs Savs 8 years
Yes and no. My parents knew that I would pick up other interests in college, so they were fine with me being a theatre major (though they were a lot happier when I decided to add an English major).
Megatron Megatron 8 years
My parents just want me to get a degree at this point. When I first went back to college, my mom wanted me to be a PET/MRI Tech because it is lucrative. She obviously forgot I don't do the physical sciences. In the end, though, my major was my decision.
Ladytron7000 Ladytron7000 8 years
How could they? You go into the Dean's or registrar's office (or wherever) and you declare your major. How could your parents possibly have any say in that? It's your decision. That's a simple fact, even if they bribe you.
Vaadsfweytes Vaadsfweytes 8 years
I listened my parents and ended up getting 2 degrees. I am pretty happy with what I studied since it fits my personality very well.
betti9161 betti9161 8 years
My Parents never tried to influence my major. I was their first child to go to college. So they were pretty thrilled that I wanted to go to college and even more so that I chose accounting as a major. Now they love to brag about their daughter the Accountant.
bsglrok132 bsglrok132 8 years
My parents let my brother major in music, so I didn't expect any opposition from them when I decided what my major would be. Anyway, I picked a good one because international relations is really important now.
jb3 jb3 8 years
I was "steered" away from being a History major into Economics (I know, a party either way, right!) wish I would've done what I wanted.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
Nope, I always knew what I wanted to do and my parents supported me.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
Nope. My choice 100%.
shannon_xo shannon_xo 8 years
nope, my parents didn't care so long as i was getting a degree.
Advah Advah 8 years
No - my parents were incredibly encouraging and advised me to pick study what *I* wanted. If I didn't say that already, I love my parents. :)
Berlin Berlin 8 years
Yes & No...I wanted to be an actress when I was younger (& several family members are either big actors or do broadway) and she discouraged me from it. Then I settled into going into law school and while she didn't have much to say about it other than how good I'd be at it, someone else close to me at the time said that it's more paperwork than ever being in the courtroom, which turned out to be a HUGE lie! So now I'm in grad school for psychology, and that's all me and my own choice:)
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Nope, not once I was paying for it. My dad was very happy that I was pursuing developing my artistic talent. He told me that he was inspired by my decision and felt the need to express himself artistically too.
graylen graylen 8 years
*not to display my embarrassing art- like self-portrait sculptures that I had to do in one of my classes!
graylen graylen 8 years
I went in for a graphic design degree and my parents supported me 100%- I have to beg them to not display my art all over their house. I'm really, really lucky.
SDTransplant SDTransplant 8 years
My parents have always supported my endeavors and college was no different. I ended up double majoring and one major is more marketable than the other. I would have loved to have majored in music, but I'm pretty sure they would have said something about that and I'm well aware of how hard it is to make a living in that field.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
my dad basically like, decided that i was gonna go to pharmacy school.. and i was pretty undecided at the time but wanted to go into a medical field.. im happy i did, im in my 5th year, with one left to go so.. well its been a long road lol, but hopefully worth it in the end
hibiscus96818 hibiscus96818 8 years
No, my parents didn't influence my choice of major (Sociology) in any way. They are just happy that I'm in university because I will be the first female in my family to graduate. They have been very supportive as I have changed my major 3 times now.
penguins268 penguins268 8 years
Sort parents are going to pay for college and it has to be a major that can guarantee me a job right out of school (which might not always be the case...). I still haven't decided what I want to major in though...
margokhal margokhal 8 years
ABSOLUTELY not. If they had their way, I'd have been a biology major, in my first semester of med school right now (and HATING myself every day). My dad wants me to get a job where I make money so I can be secure; I understood why they wanted that. But I switched to psychology because I couldn't deal with the stress of doing things I didn't really LIKE. And I am SO much happier, healthier...and more sure of my future! I'll hopefully be in grad school this time next year instead! =D
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
Mine were pretty happy with my choice (journalism). I decided on it when I was in high school so they knew I was focused on a career and I wasn't just picking a major to pick something. And I went to a pretty elite school with a respected j-school so they knew even if I changed my career I would have a good education to fall back on.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
My mom pressured me to be a doctor or lawyer and instead I ended up dropping out of college. All the stuff I was interested in was not good enough for her so I got fed up with her shooting me down and dropped out. Eh...every once in awhile I wish that I would have got my degree (in what I was interested in!). But overall, I can't complain too much. I have a good job and I'm at a comfortable place in my life.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
Nope. They were pretty supportive of the English major once I was able to show them that my school has one of the top 3 English departments in the country, and I provided the full list of the department's guide to career paths based on the major. [In case anyone is wondering, no -- I'm not a teacher.] Now, about some of the companies I interned with...of course my father had an opinion, but I always went with what I wanted and thought was right for me. I worked hard and proved myself through success and financial independence, Pops doesn't question my career moves any longer (at least not to my face!)
supercoolnat supercoolnat 8 years
Not at all! They knew I would pick well, and honestly I don't think they really had an opinion. Or maybe they did care, they just never expressed it to me.
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