Mates chosen by majors?

So it is 11:30 p.m. and I am in the library with one of my friends studying for an exam.

As our brains began to get weary of all the tiny words on the pages and tons of handwritten notes, we took a break and started talking about something that would not make our brains have to work so hard – men.

My friend proceeded to tell me about this guy at school who was interested in her but soon stopped calling her because she informed him that she was majoring in education.

According to this young man, “she wouldn’t make enough money as he would in the medical field, and that could pose a problem for him.”

Don’t get me wrong, we all want to find someone whom we can relate to, but does money play a role in the bigger scheme of things?

I know one of the standard questions that are asked when meeting someone is his or her major, but I didn’t know it would have such a bearing on whom you should date.

Have college campuses become a modern day caste system?

And if so, can you date outside of your caste? The 2005 list released by The National Association of Colleges and Employers ranks the top 10 undergraduate majors that produce the highest starting salary.

The top majors are chemical engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, systems engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, engineering technology and information sciences.

It’s no surprise most majors dealing with technology are at the top, but what are the students with the rest of the majors to expect?

Speaking as an English education student, and ranking last out of the top 14 money-making majors, should I be worried?

I do plan on becoming a lawyer, but if I would have chosen to stick with education, would that be grounds to turn your nose up at me because I will not graduate with a bachelor’s degree that has an average starting salary at 50,000 or higher?

As freshmen in college, and even starting as early as high school for some, we have the responsibility of choosing a course of study that could ultimately determine how much money we will make once we enter the work force.

But now will it determine if you are a good candidate for dating?

As the cost of living is rising every year, what will be on the checklist for you once you decide to get serious with your mate?

Will your potential spouse have to earn more money than you, or do you still believe that all you need is love?

You make the call.

Katrelle Simmons is a junior English education student from Orlando. She can be reached at