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Ask O: The Advice Column (May 2, 2022)

Dear O:

I’m a graduating Senior in high school and I will be attending Alcorn in the Fall of 2022. I will be majoring in Nursing but herein lies the problem, I don’t want to major in this. My mother has strongly suggested that this be my major because it makes a lot of money and is stable. O, I can’t stand the sight of blood and I hate hospitals. I am more of an artsy type individual who enjoys writing stories and reading fiction. I’d love to major in Mass Communications or English but when I tell her this she just shuts me down and tells me that there is no money to be made in either one of those majors. She makes me feel as though my talents are useless. How can I explain to her, in a kind respectful manner, that his is my passion without upsetting her because after all she is my mother and my financial lifeline until I graduate and find a job? I just want to be happy. HELP ME PLEASE!

Running Out of Options

Dear Running Out of Options:

Your major in college determines a lot. It determines what your degree will be in and your career path for life. I said all of that to say don’t do something you can’t do for the rest of your life. Choose your passion and your happiness. Take you into consideration because you’re the one who will have to wake up and go to every class and complete every assignment, not anyone else. Also, don’t let anyone tell you there isn’t any money in certain fields. Fields of studies such as Mass Communications and English are wide umbrellas with so much that falls under them. I challenge you to research further and figure out all of the career paths that can come from Mass Communications and English.

I also challenge you to talk to and be open with your mom. Explain to her your career plans, your goals and the things you are passionate about. Let her know how her lack of support makes you feel. Every relationship requires open and honest communication, including ones with your parents.

Wishing you the best,


Olecia James
Olecia James
Olecia James is a Senior from Cleveland, Mississippi majoring in Journalism/Mass Communications. She will be a contributor to The Campus Chronicle for the Fall 2021 Spring 2022 academic year.


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