Unlikely Majors of Well-Known Celebrities
By Mary Lorenz
Sure, she can baste the pants off of most people in any room, but what can Martha Stewart teach them about ancient Egyptian artifacts? Well, probably more than you think. After all, Stewart holds a bachelor’s degree in history and architectural history from Barnard College, a background that doesn’t usually guarantee a future as a home design expert, business CEO and reality-television star. But that didn’t stop Stewart.
Read on for more surprising celebrity majors:
What’s the lesson here? Perhaps Martha Stewart just woke up one day and decided she’d much rather study gingerbread houses than Victorian mansions, but she also needed the skills and background to successfully pursue her career in home entertaining and decorating (to put it mildly).
These celebrities ended up where they are by developing their outside interests and skills over time: Groening’s career as a cartoonist began after he developed a cartoon titled “Work is Hell” to communicate his first out-of-college job experience to his friends; Jon Stewart discovered a knack for making people laugh while working an odd job as a puppeteer; and Wang launched her bridal line when she started to design wedding dresses after a long and arduous struggle to find the perfect dress for her own wedding.
Not to say that your major doesn’t matter — more psychology majors actually work as psychologists than, say, fake newscasters — but as the above examples prove, it doesn’t necessarily have to limit you, either.
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