Why I Majored in Philosophy

People often ask me why I decided to major in philosophy during my undergraduate years at Stanford. The answer to that question is multi-faceted. The simplest answer is that I was (and still am) in search of the best way to live life. As a young person, I figured the sooner I figure out what I should be doing with my time, the better. Studying philosophy can provide the opportunity to think about the countless approaches one can take to life. Rather than blindly inserting myself into one specific way of life as I felt I was doing (I originally wanted to study economics and go into business), philosophy pushed me to call my decisions further into question. It pushed me to think about what truly matters and what path would be capable of providing one with long-term fulfillment. I am thankful that studying philosophy put me on a quest to discover my essence, to discover what I seek to accomplish with this short time I have on earth. I ultimately think it has set me on a path I’m excited about, one of creativity. Had I never stopped to think about how I wanted to live my life, I am unsure of whether I would have ever come that realization. At this point, I am very thankful that I did.

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