If Money Were No Object For College Students, By Jahi Flowers, Morehouse College

What would my major be if I didn’t live in a capitalist society? I pondered this question religiously as a undecided freshman. I found that every time I thought about the money, sleepless nights, and competition that make up the workforce in our country, I always managed to get a migraine shortly after. However, it’s an important question to ask as a college student or working person within the United States. Business, finance, and marketing majors often have the comfort of obtaining a 4 year degree taking advantage of the benefits of capitalism to obtain well paying jobs right out of college. On the other hand, fields like the social sciences, art, and education are looked down upon because they are associated with having no long-term monetary value.

After being exposed to the uncensored reality of college, it became evident that socialism may provide a unique perspective on what drives people to obtain careers. Is it accurate to assume that every man or woman working on Wall Street is there because of their never ending passion for stocks, or is it the thick paycheck that they receive every other week that extrinsically motivated them to get out of bed? The idea of what drives a college student to pick their major can seem very transparent through an economic lens, but through my own experiences as a psychology major I can attest to the nagging questions I receive every time I discuss my major in public spaces. 

As someone who is in college or knows someone who has gone through college, what do you think drives college students to pick their major? What do you think matters more when picking a career, life satisfaction or obtaining affluence?