When I graduate, I will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts. I’m doing a double major in professional writing/communications and sociology. I hate telling people this. Why? Because I get the same response every…single…time. “Oh, that’s nice,” They say. “But what are you going to do with that?” I hate this question for two reasons. Let me explain.
First of all, I’m not exactly sure what I want to do after I graduate. I know eventually I want to get my Master’s degree, and then my PhD. But apparently, that is not an adequate response. They want me to explain my future career plans. So I respond with… “Oh, I don’t know. Something with writing, I hope.” To which they say, “Ahh…” And then change the subject. I don’t have my entire future figured out. I personally don’t see anything wrong with that. At least I’m in university, getting some sort of degree!
As much as I worry about the future, I rarely worry about my future career. Maybe I should spend more time worrying about that, who knows. But I just figure, okay let’s worry about doing well in university first, before worrying about something that is still more than two years away. Does that make sense?
The second reason I hate the question “what are you going to do with that?” is because usually people say it in a condescending way. “Oh, writing!? Hah! A bachelor of arts!? Hah! You can’t do anything with that! It’s not math or science. Everyone get’s a BA nowadays. It’s basically worth nothing.” While I partially agree with this statement (…emphasis on partially), I wouldn’t really be able to do anything with a bachelor of science either. Know why? Because I’m terrible with science. Chemistry…no idea what’s going on. Physics…I can’t even begin to grasp 90% of the concepts. Biology…I love and find interesting, but all that memorization would send me to a mental hospital.
I understand that sciencey/mathy careers are in higher demand, and generally pay more, and yeah, you can do a lot more with those degrees (generally speaking). However, if I were to go to university for one of those subjects, I wouldn’t understand anything, stress about everything, and fail all my classes. I would end up with NO degree!
So the way I see it is like this. Yeah, I’ll probably have to go get my Master’s degree in order to just get a decent job. And yeah, I understand that this is the route majority of students seem to take these days. But, at least I’m in a program that I love. I’m enjoying school. I’m doing well in my classes. I’m working towards a career that I will one day (hopefully) enjoy and excel at.
Yeah, okay. I’m not exactly sure “what I’m going to do with that“. But it’s not a waste of my time, and I know that one day it will all pay off…one way or another.