A small post in which I let off some steam via ranting about a recent conversation.
Monday, all my Finals are belong to you.
And really? Thank goodness. I mean, if only from a clean-and-neat point of view I’d like my desk back.
I’d also like my brain, my fiction, my clean laundry as something other than an afterthought, and my sanity back.
Of course, that last one is unlikely. I do have a teenage daughter, after all.
As I sat down to my1 desk this morning, I pondered the reasons that I am going through all of this. I mean – there has to be a good rationale behind my decision to pursue my degree at my semi-advanced age, right?
To wander a giant campus full of people2 that I don’t know?
To put myself through this sturm und drang?
As I’ve been recently asked, “What is the point of getting the degree? What are you going to do with it?”
Display it on the wall? Be proud of myself for finishing something that I started? Round out my education and my knowledge? Discover new ways of thinking?
Apparently, those aren’t good reasons. No. There must be a fiscal explanation. A path that leads from classroom to bank, as it were.
I mean, really.
What are you going to do with the degree?
What are your Plans for the Future?
What are you going to DO WITH IT?
Man. That all sounds like lyrics from a terrible 80’s power ballad. Heh. Or a Prince song. Think about the future!
Basically, you’re asking what I want to be when I grow up, right? Because that’s what the underlying message here is. I’m in school therefore technically I am not an adult. And why? Because I am not currently earning a living.
Not earning a living = Not an adult.
What an utter crock.
Here’s a quick overview of what I can do with my Bachelors of Arts, Professional Writing focus with a minor in Psychology, you pompous asshat.
I like my answer better, though.
1 – really, astonishingly messy – the picture does NOT do it justice
2 – The whole cartoon is fabulous. Do yourself a favor. Go watch.