Thursday, February 9, 2012

{on my heart} my college major.

It's called the Ophelia Syndrome.
That's what I was told when I went to see my college-major-decision-making-counselor.
Well, apparently Shakespeare's character, Ophelia, doesn't know what to think.
She is ignorant, submissive, and naieve.
She doesn't know who she is, or what she wants.
And if she did, she wouldn't be brave enough to admit it.

And so I was diagnosed the Ophelia-type.
I was a college freshman trying to decide on a major.
I had no idea what direction I was going.
It was a toss up between Dance, French, or.... Home Ec.

ps- i found this 1960's Home Ec text book while thrifting. this is a future blog post all its own. it is hilarious!

College always means a lot of decisions, from your school to your major and even where you live. Now, you have the option of skipping the school and looking for the best college classes online. It is easy to be paralyzed by all those choices, especially knowing how much your decision could affect the rest of your life.

Secretly, I knew which would be the best choice. But it was so embarrassing to admit it!
Family and Consumer Science Education.
(Formerly known as Home Economics Education).
It was such a conondrum....
I wanted to learn something I didn't know anything about.
I wanted to major in something that interested me.
I wanted to major in something that I would use, a lot.
I wanted to major in something that could get me a job.

(Its pretty pathetic I didn't know much about this. My mom is a genius in these areas. Too bad I never put more effort into learning from her while I still lived at home! I could barely toast a piece of bread when I went to college). 

I wished I wanted to major in Poly-Sci, or Nursing, or something a little more "intellectual sounding." But every time I stared at the piece of paper with all the major choices, I knew in my heart what I wanted.

It took courage to declare that as my major. I spent semesters fibbing to everyone I was still an undeclared major. It just felt silly admitting that I came to college to learn how to cook and sew.
That is... until I quickly learned that there are worlds of books, ideas, philosophies, (and blogs!) all related to this enormous and most invigorating topic. (hehe)

Let me break it down for you...
The Family and Consumer Science major at BYU is a composite major,
sort of like minoring in several different things.
Early childhood development,
Marriage and family relationships,
Parenting education,
Housing and interiors,
Clothing and textiles,
Nutrition and wellness.
plus, the classes on Education and a semester spent student teaching.

Little did I know that my sewing classes would prove to be the most demanding (and rewarding) classes I'd ever take. As I became more involved with the major, I learned that I did indeed have quite the passion for the things I studied.  There was so much more depth in my classes than I ever would have thought.
Cooking is one great big science experiment, I loved learning how ingredients react with each other, and about the nutrition that our bodies need.
Sewing is totally math related. I've never thought so far out of the box as I have when sewing.
Interior design is not just froofy decor and paint-- its history, architecture, economics.
My limits were being stretched, my desire to learn was being filled.

I have not for one day regretted my decision.
I use what I learned, and expand upon what I learned in college every day.
I feel lucky to be a lifelong learner and continuing my education in the FACS field. 
Not only did it empower me with priceless skills, I was also trained in secondary education, and was able to make it into a career as a middle school sewing teacher for a short time.

I have no doubt that even if I would have become a French major or a dance major, that I would have eventually learned all I wanted to know about Home Economics.
Being a mom comes with requirements- you must feed, clothe, and teach your children.
Thanks to the education I received while a young single college gal, I now have a boost of confidence and a slight creative spin on the daily tasks that are required of modern mothering and wifery.

I'm grateful I overcame my Ophelia syndrome, and chose the best major! Now I shout it from the rooftops (or my blog), that I was a Family and Consumer Science major!
I'm still not an expert in any given area. 
But I like to say that I know a little about a lot.


  1. you go! So few people have a passion for what they do; you are blessed to have found it and went with it. I studied illustration in college... most artsy types looked down their noses at "small things" or crafts. I pretended for far too long to be something I wasn't. I freaking LOVE crafting! I can't get enough of it. And now I shout it from the rooftops :) The best part of all this for me: finding a niche of like-minded people in the craft blogging community. I finally found my people and I feel like the bee girl in that Blind Melon "No Rain" video :)

  2. Whenever I sew something (which isn't very often) I realize it's the only use I get out of the math I learned in school. I have said that before so I liked when you mentioned it in your post. Have a great day. :)

  3. It was great to read this post. I'm a college Sophomore, and am trying to figure out what I want to do and where I want to go before my time at the local community college is up.
    For the longest time I was stubbornly sticking to Astrophysics because I felt kind of ashamed of where I really have my passion.
    Just this past week, after having a very long and loving discussion with my mother (who is capable of talking me through my most stubborn blocks), I decided that even though I wanted to be going into the same sorts of majors as people whom I admire...I'm not 100% happy with anything that relies so heavily on science and math together, and I had best keep Astrophysics to a hobby. She also helped me not to feel *so* ashamed of how stereotypical I feel when I say that I want to pursue fashion design.
    I'm glad nobody told me I had Ophelia syndrome (even though I flipped through six or seven majors over my senior year of high school till now). I would have been really upset...I did *not* like Ophelia in Hamlet--I majorly wished she would develop a backbone...

  4. Great post : )) I studied criminal justice, work in finance<---hate it and would rather QUIT everything and be a happy blogger/homemaker or in one word MARTHA.. lolllol

  5. Haha.... I think I must have Ophelia syndrome too. I changed my major like four times and was still unsure about it. Maybe I shoulda chosen your major too - I can still barely even toast a piece of bread. Some day I will cook... some day. Love this post!

  6. You go girl! You should be proud of all that you have accomplished. I didn't get to finish school(going to COllege was not going to happen) but Alway wondered where my life would have taken me if I had. As for the 60's home ec book, it looks like the one we used when I was in the 8th grade. My grandmother looked through it and told me then that she knew I had to do it teachers way in school but she would actually TEACH me the rules of the home and she did. That book was too funny and whoever wrote it must not have had children or even a home of their own . Even my father , who taught us all how to make the best biscuits I have ever eaten said that it was a joke.LOL I would be thrilled for you to share it with us in your blog!

  7. You won't be sorry for a minute either and everyone will be jealous of you! This was my major in high school, Jr. College and College. Good for you! I'm happy to hear that this major still lives on, even if the name has changed.

  8. I love hearing about your major and your love for it! If mine had not existed the way it did in 1994-1996 as Fashion Design and Apparel production, I would have taken yours (which as you know was formed just a few years after I graduated and they redid things). I am so proud of you especially for listening to what was speaking to you in your HEART! Love ya bloggy friend!

  9. i did the same major at BYU, and i have never regretted it...i love it!!! so applicable to my family, every. single. day.

    love it.

  10. AWESOME! So glad you found the courage to do what you wanted to do!

  11. I graduated in family and consumer science (not education, I knew I didn't want to teach), and loved it! I actually helped influence 2 roommates & a cousin to do it even though they hadn't heard of that major. I use it all the time and glad I was able to get that degree!

  12. I was also a Home Ec major! I went to college for a degree in interior design, but at Cal Poly SLO, its was in the Home Ec department (sadly, we were the last graduating class. It was eliminated from the curriculum, I'm sure at least party because of its title). Congratulations on choosing what I consider to be one of the most practical degrees a student can achieve. Almost everything I learned had a practical use and yes it was HARD!!!
    I'm glad to hear the industry has rebranded itself, it was just undergoing discussion when I was in college (now I feel old!)

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  14. Hooray for Family & Consumer Science!! That is my major and that is what I currently teach! Although I'd love to be able to be a SAHM; I have to admit, FACS is the next best thing. Hopefully, once my husband finishes school I can have both dreams! It was the best decision I ever made as well. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Great major!! This is what my Mom majored in too!! :) Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!!


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