By Savannah Campbell
As I was relaxing on my couch one day during the glorious four-week winter break, a random thought entered my head. This was a common occurrence during the holiday season. Given the time to breathe and relax itself, my brain comes up with many random thoughts.
The details of these I will not bore you with.
The random thought I had was this: could a person’s interests relate to the career choices they choose to follow in their college (and possibly grad school) lives?
If so, how much relation is there?
I know for me, there is quite a bit of relation between my interests and the two majors I’ve been pursuing now at Eastern heading into my sixth semester.
I’m pursuing both a B.A. in Journalism and a B.S. in Psychology.
I like to tell people I’ll have a B.A.B.S. when I finish.
This statement in itself shows, in my opinion, a tiny relation between my college choices and my interests.
You see, for the longest time I’ve loved writing in its various forms.
The abbreviation I created with my degrees’ initials is just the start of my love for writing. I’ve been writing down fictional story ideas, random bits of prose and character ideas since about third grade.
I even came up with a pseudonym to use in a story if I somehow wrote ‘Savannah Campbell’ in as a character.
High school only increased this love for written things by expanding it from fiction to news (hence the first degree choice), quotes, trivia (which could be a verbal interest too) and song lyrics.
I began keeping a quote collection in a composition notebook my sophomore year and now, as a second-semester junior, I’m still adding to the notebook that’s just about half full.
A friend of mine even got me a Christmas present that added to this love. I now have thousands of quotes right at my fingertips, cross-referenced by subject and indexed by author thanks to my Quotationary.
I always make sure to include the lyrics to songs I put on mix CDs for friends, too. The lyrics (if written well enough) are so important to a song in my opinion.
They tell the singer’s story and help you connect with it. A line like “You gotta do what you can just to keep your love alive” might resonate with you for years to come after first hearing it.
My interests aren’t completely writing and word-related though.
I also have a habit of people-watching. I am a very curious person by nature.
Although I can’t fully diagnose anyone as having any psychological problems yet, I like to ponder about what’s going on in the situation I’m watching.
It’s not just my people-watching that draws me to the field of psychology as my second major.
I also really like talking with my friends and others about problems that may be plaguing their emotions.
I don’t pry or purposely try to find out what’s bothering them.
I simply offer my ears to them (but I keep them attached to myself) if they ever need someone to talk/rant/rave/etc. to.
I would especially like to be able to work with young, maybe kindergarten-aged, children on this. But for now, sticking with people in their late teens and early 20s is fine with me.
I have one more thing I should probably mention. Though I never use the real name of a person I know, I sometimes use a positive characteristic of them in my stories, such as my mom’s love of tulips.
I plan to work with this by giving a character a tulip garden.
I also may incorporate my people watching and moment observing into my fiction.
I worked in Danville last summer and by chance started keeping a list of interesting circumstances or people I came across.
For example, I saw a man with a Salvador Dali tattoo, and I don’t mean the melting clocks painting on his arm. He had a picture of the surrealist artist Dali on his forearm.
So, at least in my case, there can be found a lot of relation between my personal interests and the choice of degree(s) I have chosen to pursue in college.