I hear a lot about seeking out your passion, being yourself, chasing your dreams, even when they seem impossible. I think that is all good; I often repeat it myself. But sometimes life and dreams and practicality and desire all collide. Sometimes the different dreams you have for your life conflict with each other.
Although I know earning a terminal degree in a humanities field (for me, eventually a Ph.D. in English) is difficult, I have also been discovering more than ever that it's impractical. Over half of all Ph.D. in English graduates cannot find a job in their field, and those who do often have to move. I would like to have that advanced degree attached to my name (Dr. Snyder!) and, far more than that, I would like to be so thoroughly immersed in study and research that I earn that degree. Yet I'm debating the merits of the decision I will eventually make.
Is this a dream that I should pursue, or is it one of those dreams that should be set aside in order to pursue other dreams? Besides, when I get to the point that I've achieved this dream, will the reality be anything like what I imagine? I do not want to spend years and money chasing a wisp of a dream that doesn't exist.
I don't have to decide today, of course, and I know I want to pursue the MA in English--I was definitely not done with my studies in the subject when I graduated in December. But being admitted to the MA program has me pondering the next step and exactly what I should do now in order to get there, even if I have two years to decide (and that's assuming I finish my MA in two years). For those of you who are a little older and hopefully wiser than me, how did you decide what to do when you finished your undergraduate degree?