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TV Shouldn’t Be a Deciding Factor in Your College Major

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TV Shouldn't Be a Deciding Factor in Your Major
Sophia and Katherine of the TLC show D.C. Cupcakes

I’m a reality TV junkie. This is not something I’m proud to admit, but it’s true. I get sucked into the surreal “reality” in the shows. It’s hard to peel your eyes away when all you can think of is that you’re happy you don’t know someone like that. The more career related shows are great to watch as well, but I don’t use them as inspiration with my career…until today’s post of course.

USA Today College says it best in their article, “Don’t pick your major based TV shows.” They talk about shows that highlight the fashion industry, law field, and criminal justice sector. While some storylines in these shows serve to be inspiring, they should not be your baseline for entering these fields.

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If you’re already taken by the field of public safety, and you watch a series based on solving crimes, then that’s not so bad. But if you watch a cooking show and you couldn’t make spaghetti to save your life, then maybe it’s time to change your ideals. Education is a big commitment, both mentally and financially. Talk with someone like an admissions counselor on your career aspirations and how they relate to your education. Once enrolled your student advisor can help keep you on the right track.

[related: How to Choose a Major]

These career oriented reality shows are fun to watch, but can be deceiving for what the job might actually entail. The only time you see someone really working, without these “quick fire challenge” is on shows like Undercover Boss where you get to see what the less glamorous jobs are doing day-to-day.

Make sure your learning is engaging, and challenging. Watch your reality shows for fun, and inspiration in a creative aspect; not in an educational capacity.

By: J. Mason

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