Wednesday, 24 November 2010

The tassle worth the hassle*

I'm about to graduate!!!! December 13 is the big day. I finished all my classes and final assessment a couple of weeks ago, and made the Big Move out of college into my parents' apartment in the city (it's fabulous. I love having privacy. I'm even learning to cook for myself! Sara came over for steak on Tuesday, which was an adventure, but I'm pleased to say a successful and delicious and fire-free one) :)

Of course, I've got no prospects, with a Bachelor of Arts:


Although it's true, I've learned the invaluable art of essay writing:


Furthermore, I've been taught how to think, not what to think, which is obviously infinitely more worthwhile.

Kidding, of course! To be honest, I HATE all the jokes about how I won't get a real/paying job because I've got an Arts degree, how I'll end up working at McDonald's (serving all the Commerce kids, of course) or how I'll end up living in a cardboard box. For God's sake, get over your superiority complex, all of you! Your degree is no better than mine, does not qualify you for more than mine. The beautiful, amazing, talented, incredible Gem just finished a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Writing and Cultural Studies) this year and already has a fantastic job lined up at an up and coming PR firm. She's going to go sensational places. The joke about arts is you do what you love, but you'll never make any money from it, and you've made the decision to prioritise the former over the latter. I don't think there's anything wrong with this choice, but I also don't think it has to be a dichotomy. Arts gives me so many options, and none of them include fast food, so screw you, I'm going to have a career I love and be successful at it, dammit. You can take your piece of paper and shove it, because mine's not going to define me.

After taking the next glorious year off, I'll come back to uni - hopefully MU - and do post-grad studies. I'm currently tossing up between a Master of Teaching (Secondary), Master of Publishing and Editing, and a Master of Development. I'm also considering Teach for Australia and maybe, just maybe, the Peace Core (probably a pipe dream.)

Sadly, though, we don't get hats to through, which is I'm going to do a Masters, so I can do this:


*Yeah. We'll see.

1 comment:

sara said...

om nom nom STEAK! :D

I do believe I made the cardboard box joke on Tuesday. Oops!
Now that I think of it though, Comm kids get the exact opposite to Arts kids... instead of being paid out for not having any money but doing something you love, the stereotype is they are getting paid shitloads but doing something they hate (esp accountants!) - you're right that they aren't mutually exclusive, in both Arts and Comm and any discipline. So the next time I let slip an Arts-Hungry Jacks-life in a box comment I give you perfect license to tell me at least you won't be spending your life in the tedium of the greedy corporate world ;)