Making the right choice
BY wangxingwei from 21st Century
Published 2020-09-10
Your university choice is not the only factor in your personal development. TUCHONG

Does the university you attend or the major you choose determine your success in the future?

According to a recent survey done by China Youth Daily, 48.6 percent of participants believe that the university one goes to plays an important role in shaping their future. On the other hand, 33.8 percent of people hold the view that it’s what you do in the university that matters.

For Fu Chenxi, an economics major at University of Alberta, Canada, a prestigious university does bring many unseen benefits. “Without access to academic training, lectures and experiences of different clubs in college, I wouldn’t have successfully got my first internship in a leading commercial bank,” he said.

Yet the 21-year-old doesn’t think majors matter in one’s career path. In his opinion, various and versatile talents are much more in demand. Generally, ambitious graduates would enhance their core abilities through internships or academic activities to make them capable for a job or further study, no matter which major they choose.

However, Chen Yufei, 20, who studies Japanese at Tianjin University of Science and Technology, believes that choosing the right major has much more weight than choosing a good university.

After getting lower scores than expected in gaokao, Chen missed the chance to study her desired major – Chinese. “Lacking interest in Japanese, I was miserable taking Japanese classes in the first year,” Chen said. She became interested in Japanese after learning the country’s culture through books and animated films.

“Different majors will lead to different career paths which ultimately lead to different incomes. Disparities in salaries are substantial”, Chen added.

She thinks that even students who major in Japanese at well-known universities will most likely not get as high of a salary as students who major in computer science or business.

Both the university and one’s major are important, but they don’t necessarily determine your life, according to Chu Zhaohui, a researcher of the National Institute of Education Sciences. It’s what one has learned and cultivated that’s most important. “For undergraduates, personal development is closely related to their overall performance in the university,” Chu told China Youth Daily.

(Translator & Editor: Wang Xingwei AND Luo Sitian)
Prestigious  有声望的
Internship  实习
Versatile  全能型的
Miserable  痛苦的
Disparities  差距
Substantial  实际存在的