Why an Arts degree is perfect for indecisive people
The most chaotic time of the year is looming over us and will soon hit the frontal lobes of students' brains nationwide. I'm not talking about Christmas… I'm talking about the thought-crunching period leading up to the dreaded semester one, when all of life's choices seem to come crashing down at once. It's time to get your thinking hats on, because you’re only given a few feeble weeks to decide what you want to do with the rest of your life. But, hakuna your tatas, if you're of the indecisive kind, know that you are not alone.
Perhaps you're just about to start university, or maybe the degree or major you chose last year wasn't really your cup of tea. Listen up, because I'm going to tell you why an Arts degree is perfect for indecisive people. Take it from someone who spends 30 minutes at Coles debating whether to get green or red apples, and has changed her degree and major a gazillion times.
In an Arts degree, you're not stuck with a particular subject. There are so many different directions you can choose, anything from journalism to Spanish or Mandarin, communications, creative writing, sociology, international politics, screen studies, PR and more.
I know what you might be thinking, "Ugh, MORE choices!" But don't fret, a bachelor degree is three years long, so you'll have plenty of time to figure out which courses you like!
You can do a double major, which sounds like a lot of work, but really isn't. By choosing two majors you can study two entirely different fields, or perhaps two fields that go hand in hand but aren't offered as a degree (for example, media and criminology or journalism and international politics).
This way, you're not narrowing down your expertise, but rather keeping your options open, both in terms of future employment and future studies. And hey, you don't have to choose your majors right away, which buys you a little more time to decide what you want from your degree.
Usually in an Arts degree, you'll have a choice of many electives. This means that you can play around with courses and find out what you like and don't like!
Take my degree as an example – I have done a drawing class, international relations, photography, music history, world history and event management, even though I am studying a double major in sociology and journalism.
Sometimes you just have to try things out for yourself in order to know what you truly like.
This depends on what uni you choose, but often you can use those electives to do an internship, like a community or industry internship. Being out in the field is a great way to test your skills and figure out if it’s the direction you'd like to go in. This type of internship also gives you credit points, which means you are gaining experience and figuring out your path while you are building on your degree.
An Arts degree gives you a great foundation for future studies, like honours or postgraduate studies. This is great for those extra indecisive people who aren't sure if they are quite ready for adult life or want to stay at uni for a wee bit longer.
Asking a 17-year-old fresh out of high school to decide what they want to do with the rest of their lives leads to students accumulating debt over something they're not passionate about. An Arts degree is a great starting point for indecisive students who still haven't had the time to pinpoint their passions and interests.
Remember, if you make the wrong choice, it's not the end of the world!
Emilie is studying a Bachelor of Arts at Griffith University, majoring in journalism and sociology. She's originally from Norway, but Australia has kangaroos. And Vegemite. Done deal.