Choosing any of the streams in the field of Arts comes with its great repercussions in a country like India. Battling the stereotypes set by the older generations along with keeping their sanity intact is something that the Indian youth is bound to face for the rest of their lives.
Being a part of this generation, I have personally experienced a lot in the span of mere 19 years when it comes to choosing a lifestyle. Here in India, if your way of living is not “socially acceptable” then your existence is not really validated and you’re labelled as being “young and reckless”. No one takes you seriously and your life choices are more often than not mocked upon.
With no interest in the field of Commerce, I took it up for 2 years of my life after completing my schooling only so that I would be accepted and my grades would be validated. This decision however took a huge toll on my mental health and I found myself distancing from the others and wallowing in my own sorrows for a huge amount of time. I knew I had to prioritize myself over the society and took a firm decision to go where my heart wanted to be. Thus came the option of choosing Bachelors in Mass Media (BMM) and I worked hard enough to achieve a position in one of the best colleges for it.
I am currently in my second year of BMM and I haven’t ever enjoyed my educational life more than I have in these past 2 years. This enjoyment comes with its own cons. I pursue journalism as a career choice and I can’t even count it on my fingers the number of times people have asked me if I’ve wanted to be a “news reporter” or have compared me to Barkha Dutt or Arnab Goswami. Now I know they’re journalists too but news reporting is not where the field stops itself. There is so much more to it but no one bothers getting to know more. Since they don’t consider it a serious field, they make fun of it and when I insist on correcting them, I get brushed off.
BMM isn’t just about going into class and getting lectured about how to write essays or what the rules of reporting are. It’s about opening your mind up to the limitless possibilities of creativity and imagination. There are no rules here and they don’t intend to suppress our thoughts unlike many other fields do. We are taught to open ourselves up, to explore more than what is shown to us, to read in between lines and to make sure we communicate well.
Mass Media is all about the public, how we present ourselves to the world. It’s more than just learning how to advertise or how to impress the readers, it’s about being a part of the public as well. This field requires so many specializations such as psychology, sociology, marketing, creative writing, management etc. There’s always something new to learn and the process never stops. As and when you gain experience, you understand new aspects to the field.
People take up BMM so as to earn an easy degree. Yes, it is one of the easiest fields but it also does require a lot of logical and creative thinking. You may enter BMM with the mindset of graduating and earning some 9-5 job, it never really works that way. Once you’re exposed to this bright world of endless opportunities, you get attracted to being a part of it for the foreseeable future of your life.
Maybe if people learned more about the field and started respecting others choices, we could progress at a faster rate than we already are. It all starts small and this is one of the areas I would love to see a change in personally. At the end of the day you either choose your own happiness or you don’t but it’s you who’s supposed to bear with it for the rest of your life.