Maybe she had a cushion to fall back on.
Researchers from Cornell University found a relationship between family income and chosen degrees. Students who came from wealthier families tended to chose humanitarian degrees like those in history or English; those who came from lower-income households chose to study fields where they could easily apply their degrees to a job like criminal justice or engineering.
The researchers had several speculative reasons for the divergent groups which include:
- Lower-income students are less likely to attend elementary and high schools with humanities-enrichment programs, so they are not given the opportunity to foster a love of those subjects early on.
- Higher-income students are more likely to pursue graduate degrees, and so they have more freedom with their undergraduate studies.
- Lower-income students are reminded that their education is important (and costly) so they want to get the maximum benefit from their degrees and enter the job market as soon as possible.
- Higher-income students know that there is a fall-back plan in place if their degree didn't net them a job right away.
Which side of the divide do you fall on? Let me know in the comments.