Now What?


3 out of the 4 members of this blog graduated with BAs in the last couple of weeks and an MA is expected to be gained by September. Hey, we're not just pretty faces! However, after 3 (or 4) years of stress and wishing you were doing anything else apart from this "stupid" degree, once you get to walk across that stage as they call your name, I'm only left with one question: Now What? The world is supposed to be our playground but some people are determined to make that playground consist of only a swingset. One of us (who shall remain nameless) was told "well done. Now it's either marriage or your masters. Whichever comes first is up to you"! Woooooooow. Talk about not being able to enjoy the moment. I personally want to do my masters next year but I was having trouble deciding what courses to think about applying for when my mother insisted an MBA was the only way to go. This is all regardless of the fact that I've never once expressed any kind of interest in business administration and my degree is in English Lit. and Linguistics! Look I wouldn't mind being rich just like the next person but I'd rather be happy and it's clear where my passion lies and an MBA is definitely not it!

Another one of our esteemed writing team was also told to get her masters as soon as possible because otherwise she would be "wasting her years". This was to a 22 year old btw. It's also important to remember that all this "advice" came from people without degrees themselves. What is it that makes it so tempting for so-called "uncles", "aunties", and the like to make you a vessel for their unfulfilled dreams? We're in an economic recession and it's depressing enough to think that you're never gonna get a job without the pressure to incur even more debt doing a degree you have no interest in. Yes I know that everybody and their mum has a degree(s) these days but damn, can we get even a few weeks to enjoy it before reality kicks in? It isn't too much to ask it it?

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4 opinionated people have something to say:

Nsoromma...Child of the Heavens said...

Yes well done my lovelies! I'm proud of u all. God willing I'll have my MSc in a few weeks, too!

Enjoy and revel in the joy of being a new graduate. YOU DESERVE IT, I think our parents forget not everyone makes it to the end....AND not everyone makes it to the end with good grades.

As with all levels of education I truly believe people should not let their parents force them into doing a masters just for a masters sake, PARTICULARLY AN MBA. Most of the time it's just for show, WHO WANTS AT £15K+ debt JUST FOR SHOW. They can jam.

Afrocentric said...

I feel you Sankofa. The pressure is on!

Maxine said...

@Sankofa, I think you need to activate the comment box on your personal blog. I realized I could not comment on it. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Nana said...

It is not too much to ask for a break after finishing your degree. Take time out, relax, work, do what makes you happy...you might also find that after working for a few years your focus changes, so it is at that point (when you have a clearer focus) that you may be in the best choice on which masters to study for. Of course you could decide not to do a masters at all. Whatever you all do, I wish you the very best

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