No, I Don't Know What I'll Do With My Degree

No, I Don't Know What I'll Do With My Degree

Not all those who wander are lost.
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If you're a college student, you probably get asked at least once a week: "So, what are going to do with your degree?"

Ah, if only it were as simple of an answer as it is a question. I initially went into college as a business major, but after about an hour into my first management course, I realized that business was definitely not the path for me. The next year, I declared myself as an English major. At the time, I was completely convinced that I had finally figured out what I wanted to do with my life. My high school English classes were some of my favorites, and the teachers I had always made me feel inspired and invigorated. So I figured, maybe I should follow in their footsteps and become an English teacher myself. I felt so much pride finally being able to respond to the dreaded "what are you doing with your life" question with a firm and definitive answer: "I'm going to be an English teacher."

That phase lasted for about two months. It's nice to try and convince myself that being a teacher is still what I want to do, but in total honesty I'm just not sure. And I think that should be okay.

I wish we could stop shaming young people for not knowing what they want to do with the rest of their lives. Who wants to be tied to one career forever? And who knows what that career is supposed to be when they're barely 20 years old? The future is a scary thing to think about, and the idea of choosing one path to go down seems horrifyingly daunting to me.

People who ask me what I want to do for a career seem to be under the impression that there is only one career out there for all of us. When you ask me what I'm going to do with my degree, you aren't interested in what skills I'm learning that will help me to be a better human -- you want to know what one, stable job I'm going to choose from the limited pool of careers open to people with an English degree.

I don't know what I'm going to do with my degree. Maybe I'll do what I originally intended and become a high school English teacher. Or maybe I'll become a writer. Maybe I'll do something that seems completely unrelated to English and have people tell me for the rest of my life that I wasted my college education.

Those people will be wrong. Whatever I decide to do with my life, I will be taking the lessons I've learned throughout college with me. English majors don't just read Shakespeare and write meaningless papers. We learn how to articulate our disconnected thoughts into coherent sentences; we dissect stories to pinpoint the moments that transcend traditional writing conventions and shift our perspectives of the world. We strive to communicate and connect with people on as deep a level as humanly possible. You're telling me that these skills will be useless if I don't go into an English career?

College is the time to experiment, to dip your toes into all the opportunities around you with the hope that maybe one of them will lead you to something you're passionate about. I don't know what I'll do with an English degree, but I know that I'm a better person for having chosen to follow my passion for literature. I'm a hard worker and an eager learner, so whatever I aspire to do in life, I know that I will one day get there. For now, I just want to wander and enjoy the freedom of having no particular destination to end up at.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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Why Ocasio-Cortez Is Unfit For Office

For many of the same reasons as Donald Trump.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's meteoric ascension to elected office was as much of an awakening to the Democrats as was the election of Donald Trump. They too were not immune to the American people's frustration with the current status quo. Unfortunately, for both Democrats and Republicans alike, this has led to the election of polarizing figures with little backgrounds in politics and a commitment to alternative truths.

Ocasio-Cortez considers herself a Democratic Socialist and is out of touch with reality as much as her idol Bernie Sanders was. Socialist countries past (USSR, East Germany, Vietnam) and present (China) were/are rife with corruption. The socialist utopia which Ocasio-Cortez envisions will be the death of small American business unable to pay the high taxes required to support her platform, which includes Medicare and housing for all. Furthermore, her platform contains a proposal to tax Wall Street to fund public universities and trade schools (her childish thought process probably consisted of Wall Street = stocks = money = something I can tax), and a proposal to abolish ICE and demilitarize the police — besides being incredibly idiotic, a proposal feeding on the misguided anger some American have for our brave law enforcement officers who risk their lives on a daily basis to keep us safe. Our government is in 17 trillion dollars of debt because of its inability to manage money, and Ocasio-Cortez is telling us to give them more. It's appalling and scary someone so out of touch with reality was elected.

Ocasio-Cortez apparently loves alternative truths and lies as much as Donald Trump. Her most recent claim was that 66 percent of her Medicare proposal would have covered by the Pentagon's accounting errors, which total somewhere in the neighborhood of 21 trillion dollars. Looking closely at the article which she cited as the basis of her claims, it becomes clear she did not read or comprehend the article in its entirety and is living in her own fantasy land. The 21 trillion dollars is the sum of all the transactions where the same dollar could have been transferred between multiple accounts multiple times. In fact, the Pentagon hasn't even spent 21 trillion dollars in its existence. Ocasio-Cortez has also said ICE has a quota to detain 34,000 people a day, again another case of her living in her own fantasy land and acknowledging a half-truth. ICE is required to maintain — not fill — 34,000 beds by the DHS Appropriations Act of 2016. Ocasio-Cortez has said many more alternative facts, but I have neither the time nor the desire to bore you and analyze them all.

It's incredibly sad honesty and integrity have no place in American politics. Electing officials who have no commitment to the hard truths will destroy our American values and everything we hold dear. May God help this country.

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