If you study English, people ridicule your “useless” major. If you study science, people snarl when you tell them climate change is real.
What to do? Let’s mix it up.
Once, I saw a Wake Forest professor studying turtles at a golf course pond. He explained his research to two old managers who were the very picture of “Make America Hate Again” voters. But, they listened respectfully, while every sickening inflection of the professor’s voice oozed with condescension. What a missed chance to render new knowledge palatable with kindness.
Now, many scientists are actually super sweet people. But I still think it would help if the ranks were swelled by students like you — you who like Shakespeare and Russian politics and have lots of imagination.
I don’t mean that you torment yourself. I tried to study physics four times and I still don’t know what momentum and torque are. But I tried! When I was 16, I thought computer coding was pure evil. I had the impression all computer coders were greedy losers bent on wrecking the world. My 16-year-old self would be aghast to know that I code nearly every day now, and I like it. You should try, too.