Guidance

College/high school guidance counselors are a joke.  I wish one had pulled me aside and told me that the path that I was on would not prove to be a lucrative one.  There should be special guidance counselors with the specific purpose of getting students in majors like Communication, English, and Art History to change their fields.

Perhaps I could make a career out of this–I’d be a “Real Life Counselor.”

“Look long and look hard, kiddies.  ‘Cause this is your life.  Don’t get all high and mighty with your BA in Philosophy–your ass is going NO WHERE.  You’re never going to earn enough at that job you want to pay off all of the school debt you’ve accumulated studying to get that job.  You get this degree and you’ll end up working in a coffee house–philosophizing to customers who just wish you’d hurry the hell up and make them their grande frappacinos.  Are you prepared for that?!?”

Now that’s some guidance.

6 thoughts on “Guidance

  1. I know exactly what you mean, but I've also decided to join the school of thought that college isn't about preparing you for the "real world" any more than high school is. College is there for expansion in general, whether that be your consciousness, life, worldview, debt or level of maturity / immaturity, or all of them.
    These days, most people in the more lucrative job sectors have a BA, so having a BA doesn't even really set you apart from anyone. I think within the next two decades or three, having a BA will be the equivalent of having a high school degree (standard), and adulthood won't really really begin until the wee little tykes take the plunge and apply to grad school.
    Would you be who you are now if you didn't debt yourself for four years of art school (er, where did you go to school, anyway?)?

    • No, you're right. College changed me a lot, and it was a good experience–mostly. (I went to a small private liberal arts school in Indiana.) But at the same time, I wish I hadn't gotten a degree in Communication.
      It's just something that's been on my mind because I'd like to go back and get the Bachelor's that I should have gotten in the first place but I feel it's too late/I'm too old.

      • It's never too late. You're never too old. That may just be fear talking.
        Do what you want to do with your life, Teri. Who said you have to start/decide at age 18? At that age, you have easily 60 or more years left in your life. How can you know what you want to do at that point? Of course, you have to choose a path at 18, but paths change. Lives change. YOU change.
        "Without fear, there is no courage."
        Be courageous, Teri. Do it if it's what you really want to do.
        Once my kids are grown, I plan to change careers again. I went back to school in '94 to change majors/careers, in a way. I've never regretted it.

  2. College was a great time. Ha!
    I learned a lot, changed a lot, and hopefully became a better person because of it. But it didn't help worth a damn with my career, or with anything else going on.
    Le sigh.
    But I did meet the wonderful Teri. So it all balanced out.

  3. Brian took me to see "Avenue Q." The second song in the entire show is "What Can You Do With a BA in English?" Brian leaned over and asked, "What can you do?" I thought, "Not a whole hell of a lot."
    Our English department give all majors a sheet of jobs that would be good for English majors to pursue. The problem is that having a BA in English doesn't really mean you know how to be a copyeditor. What a B.A. in English means is that you'd probably have the skill set for it but nobody will hire you on the spot to do that.
    The sheet should really say, "These are jobs you can do after being at that company a couple of years as administrative personel and proving yourself to them."
    Do you see why I'm desperate about grad school?
    Don't go back and get another B.A. Why would you do that? Go straight to grad school. It doesn't matter what B.A. you have.
    Well, if you want to get a masters in Genetics you'll probably need a B.S. but if you're looking for a MBA or a Masters in Writing or something, a B.A. in Comm is fine.

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