I live an incredible life full of opportunity and fulfillment, but in some ways, I kind of dislike my current position. The reason is quite simple: I don’t like instability, and I definitely don’t like the gnawing feeling of being unsure about my future.
The twenties are so, so difficult, because we are constantly forced to choose between following our own instincts and desires and listening to those a bit further than us in life who have experience. Specifically, I am referring to education.
I have quite the love-hate relationship with my academic career. It seems that every time I get vastly excited for something in my educational journey, inevitably some “real life” advice from the internet, an older adult, or a fellow college student crushes my dreams. With so many opinions coming from random directions, how is anyone at this age supposed to know what to do?
So far, I don’t think I’ve messed up too badly. I did the recommended two years of community college and saved some money (and learned very little there, but that’s okay). I chose a major based on my interests and skills, and have almost finished without an excessive amount of self-doubt. I have two semesters left of undergraduate studies, and the big decisions are coming.
Do I continue school?
Do I take a gap year between my bachelor’s and master’s?
Do I attempt to get a job?
Will I even be able to get a job with my current degree (English & Professional Writing)?
When it comes to this big decision, I think I have heard it all. “Get your master’s while you’re still motivated.” “A master’s is pointless without experience, so get a job first.” “No one can find a job with just a bachelor’s degree.” “Grad school isn’t worth the loans.” “Educate yourself as much as possible!”
I have even been told a master’s degree could make me less desirable for certain jobs because I would be TOO educated.
If I think I know what I’m doing with my life, I’m usually just that much closer to changing my mind again. And while I know I tend to overthink things, I think this decision is worth overthinking. The last thing I want to do is end up unemployed endlessly because I didn’t continue my education, or in debt endlessly because I did.
In these situations, I think it’s worthwhile to take the smaller/short-term factors out of it for a minute and consider what you truly want from your life. Based on that, I think I’ve made my decision.
Then again, I’m sure I’ll change my mind next week. (;
Advice or personal experience? Comments are wholly appreciated!
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