Confused and indecisive. Please give me some advice on my education!

posted 3 years ago in College
  • poll: What would you do?
    Go to college first, and wait years until pursuing the movement art you love. : (20 votes)
    40 %
    Study the movement art right now, potentially miss out on a higher education. : (30 votes)
    60 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    My only thought right now is, “Why on earth would someone pay thousands of dollars on a degree that they have zero intention of using!?” Absolutely, definitely follow your heart and do what will make you happiest!!

     

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think that if you know what you want to do with your life, there is no point in studying something else. Its almost like if you found the perfect guy, that you know you want to spend your life with, but you break up with him because you decide you want to be with other guys first. To me, it just doesn’t make sense! I say definitely do what you love, and enjoy every minute of it! Don’t stress yourself with something you really don’t need!

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    If you are not going to go on to use your degree, it’s a tremendous amount of money to waste for personal enrichment and to please your parents. In fact, I think most parents would resent their kid getting a degree and then doing something completely different. 

    I say this as someone with a ton of college loans that I’m going to be paying off forever, so take that with a grain of salt. 

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @shadowedpixie:  I waited until I was 25 to start college. Some of it was because I needed to be independent status to afford it, most because I wanted to do whatever I liked and grow.

    There are two sides to the coin. I am happy I waited because I wouldn’t be passionate about my degree and academic goals without finding myself first. I am also sad I won’t be graduating with a PhD until I am maybe 35.

    Point Blank in my opinion. Get your AA or AS. You can even get it online through the local state or community college. That is two years of college just doing general education. That is two years you can spend deciding if you want to continue traditional college towards a BS or BA. If you decide in two years that your dream of being a teacher is what you want, it is waiting there for you because you don’t need the degree. Continue doing the movement art in the meantime and gain more experience. 

    I am a big supporter of education. I see no reason not to at least get an AA or AS.

     

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    If you don’t mind, could you link us to the movement art program page? I think that will help us get an idea of what you’re into.

    Not knowing 100% what that is, I will say: I love art. I wanted to major in art and sculpt and be a teacher and it would all be lovely. So did every other art student at my school; they all wanted to be teachers or curators or therapists or something. Then the real world hit: there are so, so few jobs out there. You would be pigeon hole’d in something extremely specific, with no degree to back you up. Is that something you could be comfortable with? Having to do retail or clerical work if you couldn’t find a job in your field? Sadly that’s what every single one of my art student friends are facing right now.

    I wasn’t crazy about my college experience and degree either, but having a degree opens so many doors for you.

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    As a school counselor I believe that any kind of training after high school qualifies as “college”. If you decided to go on and study Movement Art right now that seems like it would qualify as college because it is post HS training. 

     

    Post # 10
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    What exactly is “movement art”? What would the job options be for it? I’m a little confused when you say you’ll be a teacher, but don’t need a degree.

    I also went to college for art, but as a previous poster said, there are very few actual jobs available. I ended up majoring in graphic design instead. There does come a point where you have to decide if your passion is viable as a real world job.

    Post # 14
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’m not sure what movement art is. But I am 100% sure that no college is worth student loans if you’re not even going to use the degree.

    If you want to go to college for the experience, to use it totry out different classes and make sure that what you really want to do is movement art, use the college experience to meet new people and find yourself, then do that at a school that gives you a scholarship or doesn’t cost much at all. And I would say that I think college is a great experience, especially if you’re really open to learning new things and finding yourself.

    However, if that doesn’t interest you, college will always be there later. If getting a college degree becomes important or necessary for something in the future, it’s always possible. Even if it means part time at night. It just might be more difficult in terms of personal sacrifices if you do it that way.

    I vote follow your heart. 

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @shadowedpixie:  What do you mean by “therapeutic movent art?” I’m just curious because I know a decent amount about a type of movement therapy based in California called Anat Baniel Method, and I was wondering if that’s what you’re talking about. My FMIL, a former psychologist, became a practitioner in it after she saw how much it helped her granddaughter who has Cerebral Palsy.

    But regardless I think you should go with the training for that, it’s a clear career path that doesn’t happen to involve traditional college, NOTHING wrong with that 🙂

    Post # 16
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @shadowedpixie:  So with it being a certificate thing, how will you be qualified to teach in school? I’m assuming not a public school right?

    My perspective, having just had this convo with my high-school freshman sister: I think some form of higher education is important, espeically in finding a job. However (as I sit here typing this with a mountain of student loan debt behind me from my degree) every year I find a 4 year bachelors degree more and more useless. At 28, and having been in my chosen career for 7 years – 4 of those running my own business, I’m right in the age bracket where myself and most of my peers have been out of college around 6-7 years. Out of all of them, those who have a trade degree of some sort are, hands down, better off in their professional life…specificially financially. Sad, but true. Most of my friends with 4 year degrees (that were not heavily specailized, like mine) are waiting tables, working retail, and other jobs that in no way use their degree because a) they couldn’t even find a job using their degree, or b) the jobs they could get paid so low their monthly salary wouldn’t even begin to touch the montly repayment on their student loans.

     

    So all that being said – I say it’s important to find a happy balance. Go to school to do something you love AND that will afford you a job when you are finished. While going to school for personal enrichment sounds great, it doesn’t pay the bills. 

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