We’re so used to saying it that it’s become a representation of who we are, right behind our names and our birthplace.
We use it constantly to categorize people’s personalities, academic capabilities or even as a predictor of future success.
As college students, it’s the one question we’re sure to hear over and over. It’s the infallible icebreaker at orientation or on the first day of class: What’s your major?
I will never forget hearing someone at a party say the reason they were studying business was “to make money.”
And while that wasn’t the best pickup line, he had a point.
Finance, along with economics and engineering, dominated the best-paying college degrees by salary in 2011, according to a PayScale survey.
In fact, computer science or business majors make as much as 50 percent more in a lifetime than those who major in the humanities, the arts, education or psychology, according to a report out of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.
So if there is such a thing as a “right major,” one with loads of post-graduation job offers and high wages, why are there so few of us who study math or physics?
Apparently, it’s because most of us choose our majors based on what we like to do, even while knowing it might not be financially beneficial.