Advice for College Freshmen: Play it Safe or Follow your Passion?Posted June 8, 2013 by Parenting Through School Years.
what do you want to be when you grow up? This week the tween to-be in our house wants to be a lawyer. A few months ago it was a musician and before that a chef. I relish in her search to find her niche. I can almost hear the Disney theme song, When You Wish Upon a Star, playing in her head as she rattles off what she will do once she graduates from college and becomes rich. I do my best to insert reality into her twelve year old mind. But it is not always easy. For example: 12 y.o.: ‘I want to move to N.Y.!’ Me.: ‘N.Y. is expensive’. 12 y.o.: “It’s not thaaat expensive.’ 12 y.o.: ‘I want a car.’ Me: ‘A car is expensive’. 12y.o: ‘I know. I’ll just get a job.’ While I am certain of the benefits of organic foods and bedtime stories I am less than certain about what type of college major advice to dispense to any of my children. For instance,
- I don’t want to dash their career dreams, but at the same time the Black-White wealth gap is real and widening and the gender pay gap is not much better.
- If they choose a liberal arts degree African Americans who major in this field earn an average salary of $40,000. (While White American liberal arts degree holders, however, can expect an average of $50,000.).
- If they choose a major like engineering they can expect a median salary of $55,000 upon graduating, while graduates with a degree in the arts median salary is $30,000
What kind of college major advice do you plan on giving to your children?