Journalism Major Blogs About His Decision to Stick with It

Our new favorite person is Brian Weidy. This aspiring writer from New York City and regular PolicyMic contributor is heading into his sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Yesterday, for his 200th PolicyMic piece, he penned an essay titled “Why I Am Majoring in Journalism Despite Everyone Telling Me Not to.” There’s no doubt a Master’s from Columbia remains the gold standard for conversion to choice employment. But on the undergrad side, people like Weidy have to deal with a lot of ongoing skepticism. As he writes:

Despite these guys [The Daily Beast], them [The Daily Beast], them again [The Daily Beast] and even these other guys [Gawker] telling me that this is the worst major to pursue, as a naïve 19-year-old, I feel some sort of collegiate-aged burden to pursue what I really love. And if three more years pass and the real-world comes knocking, I could find myself working in PR or advertising. But until then, my dreams of having a column in the Times or in The New Yorker are still firmly intact.

Be sure to read the comments to Weidy’s post. For example, a 2010 University of Florida journalism grad wishes Weidy well but also shares that if he had to do it all over, he would have J-minored.