I might be just a little blip in the blogosphere, but even I have experienced the genuine kindness and friendliness that other bloggers seem so intent on sharing. Thank you for offering ideas or for simply commiserating with me. Yesterday's post was a little more personally emotional than I tend to be online and I was more than a little nervous about putting my worries and dreams out there for others to see.
In the midst of my frustration and indecision yesterday, Cory suggested a trip to the library during one of his study breaks. So I went on a hunt for some written advice and came across a little book called Careers for Book Lovers. Now, the cover was horribly designed and most of the advice was outdated, but it was somehow still full of ideas for people who, like me, can't seem to care about studying anything besides the written word. I realized that I have options for careers when I graduate--choices besides teaching college students (which is in fact what I want to do, but the job market is tiny)--and then I remembered some advice I once gave a student worker in my old office.
You have to chase after what you want to do based on your interests and passions. If you chase after a career just because the jobs are expected to be around when you're done with school or training, you might make some money for awhile, but even that is not certain. A job that exists and is paid well right now may not be there in a few years or even a few months, and even if it is, there is no guarantee that it'll be there for the rest of your working life. Do what you want to do with your life, because any career will have times of success and times of failure; in those times of failure, you may as well be doing something you enjoy.
I think I also added that you should be smart and careful with your money along the way, and avoid going into debt to finance those dreams if at all possible. Dreams can be a little practical, can't they?
With all of that said, I'm going to plan out my classes for the fall, and take a few literature courses and try to get in to a sociolinguistics class that's full (and ignore the fact that blogger says I misspelled sociolinguistics).
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