I feel like I don’t belong at Pitzer—I come from a very conservative background, and while I have friends here, I feel like they don’t try to understand me or my political beliefs. For a school that seems to emphasize free thought and speech, I feel very stifled.
College is supposed to have an atmosphere of learning, not just in an academic context, but in a social sphere as well. This is one of the only opportunities we will have in our lives to be surrounded by so many people from different walks of life, and it is upsetting when you feel as though your opinions are the only ones that are oppressed. Especially at a school like Pitzer, where the atmosphere is very liberal and politically democratic, it can be intimidating when your opinions may not add up to the “norm.” However, since we should all be willing to learn and experience each other’s opinions, there is no reason why you should hesitate to share your opinions. It’s impossible to please everyone, and sometimes we forget that it is okay to have a “different” opinion, and furthermore, to be open and try to understand different opinions. We are all from different backgrounds, and have different levels of knowledge regarding many topics, whether political, social, and economic, and should therefore use our differences to learn from one another, instead of rejecting each other or feeling too afraid to share our own opinions.
I just need to know I’m not the only one who doesn’t know what to do with my life. I feel so much pressure from my parents to stick with a major. I really want to switch, but I don’t want to disappoint anyone or be without a career.
No matter what you major in, there ARE career possibilities. However, since we are in college, the point is to get an education in what we are passionate in since chances are our future careers may be completely unrelated to what we majored in anyway! I would urge you to not go along with the pressures of your parents and just explore your interests-you may find what you actually want to major in is different from what you OR your parents want. No matter what you do end up majoring in though, there is always a risk of not getting a job right away just as there is a chance of you finding a dream job that relates to where your interests lie.