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Stop Judging People Based on Their Major

Nothing makes a psychology major more frustrated than psychology being referred to as a “soft science” by someone in a seemingly “harder” science like chemistry or biology. The level of condescension felt in an interaction like that makes you feel like you are somehow less than they are just because they take “harder” classes than you. But the real irony is that when this was said to me, I was in a “hard” science class, just like they were; yet, because my major was different than theirs, I was somehow not as smart as them. 

This type of thing doesn’t just happen to psychology majors. I am sure that almost every major has had a similar experience, where someone else acts like they are better based on their major. The real issue in this lies with how those people project their own insecurities onto others. They are so scared of people thinking that they aren’t smart enough that they tear others down to lift themselves up. 

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what your major is, what classes you are taking, or even the grades you get. What matters is how you treat other people. No one will regard you as a smart, kind person if you make condescending comments about someone else’s major being easier than yours. In reality, every major brings its own challenges, way of thinking, and perspective on the world. We all bring something different to the table, and without the variety of majors that exist, the world would not be as multidimensional and fulfilling as it is now.

Breakfast sandwich enthusiast, dog lover, and writer for Her Campus at Saint Louis University. 
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