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10 Things This Introverted and Socially Anxious Communication Major is Tired of Hearing

If you didn’t know, I’m currently a senior communication major and creative writing minor. I started college with my major declared in August 2016 and I’m graduating in December. And I love my major, but I hate talking about it. Why? Because no one understands what exactly it is, the hard work it actually endures, and the fact that I’m very introverted and have a substantial amount of social anxiety.

I’m not sure when being a communication major became a joke but it has and it’s the most frustrating thing. On top of the major just being a joke to people, imagine being socially anxious AND a communication major. It’s double the jokes and double the judgment. And I am over it.

Although I know it’s not the hardest major in the world compared to Med or Law school or STEM majors, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy-breezy. Can we stop playing the “(insert major here) isn’t as hard as (insert major here)”. Can’t we just all agree that college is hard? There is no need to play that game because we are all working hard to do something we are passionate about. It’s always been a pet peeve of mine when anyone is like, “oh, you don’t have it as hard as me” or things like, “oh, you’re tired? You’re not as tired as me because I’ve done XYZ!”. It drives me crazy. Like what are you accomplishing by saying things like that aloud? That you’re much more hardworking and like to put other people down to make you feel superior? No thanks, that’s not my jam.

Basically, college is hard and all majors offer their own challenges and demands.

So, here are 10 things this introverted and socially anxious communication major is tired of hearing:

“What’s your major?” “Communication.” “Oh…that’s cool.”

I’m sorry but you literally need a communication person in every single job you had. If you didn’t, you would notice the difference.

“Wow! You must be failing because you’re so quiet!”

I get that one at least once a month and it drives me up a wall. I’m quiet, but that doesn’t mean I can’t talk and get my point across when I need to.

“So, you just want to be on TV?”

Absolutely not.

“You’re learning how to communicate with people? We all know how to do that.”

Do we all know how to do that? Would your boyfriend/girlfriend say that you’re great at communicating? Can you keep a positive tone when you have to explain yourself five different times through several different mediums for all people to understand what you’re trying to say?

“You get to analyze films and TV shows for homework? That must be so easy!”

You’re right it is easy to have to look at several different aspects from Social Identity Theory, Feminist or Marxist perspective, and semiotics is totally easy and relaxing.

“Posting to social media is easy, we all do it. How hard can that be?”

Oh, really? It’s easy? SEO, editing, analytics, coming up with new content on the daily for several different platforms? But you’re right, posting a photo on Instagram every now and then is totally the same thing.

“You have the easiest major. How hard can communication theory actually be?”

Everything’s constantly changing in technology and theory, but you’re right. Totally easy. It’s not like my textbook from 2016 is already outdated in its information or anything.

“You’re anxious to talk to people and you’re a communication major? It’s not a big deal, just do it.”

This is not only frustrating as a student but also as someone with anxiety it is the most dishearting and annoying thing to hear. Just because I’m anxious doesn’t mean I can’t do it and do it well. It just makes it harder for us. For example, public speaking makes me want to throw-up and drop out of school, but I got a 100% in my Persuasion speech class so…thank you for coming to my TedTalk.

“Don’t you have to be a people-person to do this?”

I’m talking to you, aren’t I? Someone who would say something rude like this? Clearly, I learned how to fake it and handle it.

“…so what can you do with that degree anyways? It’s so broad.”

Literally anything. Anything I want. That’s exactly why I majored in this so I won’t feel stuck to one thing if my interests evolve over time.

I was nervous to start my major because I am introverted and socially anxious, but honestly, I wouldn’t want any major. Sure, it comes with its extra challenges for me, but I’ve made it this far so I must be doing something half-right.

Are any of you a communication major? Or just frustrated by things you hear in regards to your major? I want to hear them – leave all your rants in the comments.

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