Ever since I first got into UW, a couple of you have asked me what my educational/career plans are,
and some I’ve answered, some I forget (sorry!) so I thought I would share my hopes and dreams with you
Where do I start… I would be telling the biggest of lies if I told you it has been easy to figure out what I want to do in life. Because well, it has not been easy. When I first graduated high school, I had my mind set on Technical Theatre (lights, stage set up, etc) I had been heavily involved in theatre and I loved it. I got accepted to MSU, I was set to room with my besties and it was going to be great.
But, as life has it, that didn’t work out so well when I had to leave MSU due to financial reasons. So back home I went and started up in community college. Then my life took about a million different twists and turns, army reserves and marriage included, and ended up in Washington with no idea as to what I wanted to do. I lost track of how many times I changed my major in my mind after the 30th time. I considered so many different options it’s ridiculous. Nursing, Business Management, Economics, Pre-Law, Political Science, Philosophy, Communications, Photography, Graphic Design – and the list keeps going.
So one day, I had to sit down and be truthful with myself. The day came after my first lecture for my Intro to Accounting class, when I was on the Business track. I hated it already. Five minutes in and I absolutely hated it. I came home, looked at Lance and said “I don’t think this is the right thing for me” Lance, being the single most understanding man on the planet, looked at me and said “Well, then drop the class, take something that can go towards your AA or just take some time to figure out what you want to do”. You see, the whole time I had been SO focused on how to make money. What major is going to land me the job with the most money, and that night it dawned on me that that was the worst possible way to go about it. And then proceeded to think about what I enjoy doing.
Learning, I LOVE learning. I love books, I love reading, sharing, taking care of them. I love getting my hands on information, soaking it up and then sharing it with others. Then, the decision came easy.
I wanted to be a librarian.
And the beauty about being a librarian was not only that I would, as my job, read books, soak up information and share it with others, it was that it required a Masters degree. Why was this so awesome? It meant I could major on whatever the heck I wanted. I didn’t have to worry about money [at least not for this part of the equation] and since I had completed my first 2.5 years through community college, I could afford a masters program. So I decided to major in Philosophy.
A major seen by many as an “useless” major, >yet, it one of those majors that is incredibly useful for those that want to go to grad law school, med school, library and information sciences programs – you get the point. Because it’s one of those “critical thinking/read-non-stop” majors. Plus, I am someone that’s infinitely interested in learning about people, and why we do the things we do, where our values come from and why we believe the things we believe in.
And the fact that Philosophy literally means “Love of Wisdom” just kind of did me in.
There you have it peeps. I am a Philosophy majors, with a possible minor in Comparative Religions (refer to paragraph above) and I am applying to a Masters in Library and Information Sciences program once the time comes. And I could not be more excited about it 🙂