What is my major?.
In an earlier post I stated that I am currently studying Family Consumer Sciences, which is designed to help individuals, families, communities and much more, but my major is a branch of FCS, specifically called Family Policy & Advocacy. Now I will be honest and tell you that I am still in the learning process as to what my major entails. I know that I will work towards improving the quality of life for individuals in a given area in which I will reside. Additionally, I will aid families and communities as a whole since each group is affected by one another in some way shape or form. I will strive to make a difference with family and social issues that are present in the community around me. Going off of Fontbonne’s description for Family Policy and Advocacy majors, I will “promote social justice and stand up for human needs and rights on local, national and global levels.”
I will overall do what I can to help those around me like I have already stated. I know that I have several Social Work classes ahead of me, since I have social work commitments, which is not as stressful as the job of a social worker, or so I have been told. I still have more to learn about what I am to look forward to in this field, though am very excited!
Why you chose your major?
Well to be honest, I was in a situation where I was forced to switch majors. I wish not to go into detail as to why I was put in that situation though looking back on it, I am forever glad that such events occurred. I knew that I wanted to help people and give back to the community, plus knew that I had to have a passion for what I would do for the rest of my life, and I love working with children. Though recently I realized that yes, it is a good thing I love working with children, though is it more of my maternal instincts within me saying that I hope to one day have a family? The more I thought on that, the more I realized that I would burn out very fast if I ended up working in a work environment that was with children day in and day out and then come home to a family with multiple children – I would one day soon end up not giving all of my love and attention to both sides of the spectrum. I would be doing more harm to myself as well as those around me because I would have reached a burnout level too soon. So I looked deeper and asked myself what is it that I really like about what I do when I volunteer? I love helping people strive for greatness through personal relationships!
What you love about your major?
I realize that I must be repeating myself in this post, but I love how I can impact other people’s lives through my time? I love the moments that happen between me and someone else in need, and how those moments of genuine time spent make life so worth it.
Whether you may know it or not, Fontbonne University is a mission-based university, where majors are born and created to help the surrounding community in which Fontbonne resides. From my perspective, we are always constantly trying to create new ways to help the community in which we live, whether that is through volunteering opportunities like World Food Day, raising money for organizations in which a particular club is involved, and much more. We strive to help others around us.
Now I can say from experience that with switching my major over the past summer, I really learned about a particular department that is designed to help people. Though yes, my last major was designed to help people as well. First I was a Speech-Language Pathology major, which is designed to help those with a speech and or language difficulty and provide therapy or any help necessary. Now with my new field of choice, family & consumer sciences, there is a much larger spectrum of how I can help my community.
“Family and Consumer Sciences is both a Discipline and a Profession that focuses on an integrative approach to the reciprocal relationships among individuals, families, and communities, as well as the environments in which they function” (Kato & Elias, 2015, p. 11). This is a quote from right out of one of my textbooks for Family Consumer Science, Foundations of Family and Consumer Sciences. I learned more about my major on a surface level this semester, though earlier in the semester, and am completely pleased with what I have learned thus far. I await so much more to learn about my field as time passes on.
Though, in general, Family & Consumer Science seeks to help those in need and find ways to better help communities as well as the individual in need, as well as the environment within a community. It also creates ways to better help the environment since all parts of the bigger picture impact each other at one time.