Junior year is an important year. Maybe you begin to search for internships that might culminate in a job offer upon graduation, or you start prepping for graduate school.
It’s exciting, but I am finding it stressful to say the least. I’ve had two years to explore all the fun options college has to offer, but now, it’s time for me to make some big decisions. In particular:
Should I pursue my masters in communications (or something related), get an MBA, or go straight into the journalism field?
My parents have been hinting, encouraging me to pursue a masters (preferably in business) because they don’t think journalism is a viable career path and believe you can never get enough education.
For some people, it might be easy to shrug off parents’ wishes and think “This is MY life, so I’ll do whatever I want.” But in reality, it’s not so easy for me to say that…
Many of you are probably familiar with the movie Mulan and the opening song that talks about bringing honor to your family. I was brought up in this shame-honor culture, where honoring your parents is what every child should strive for because you owe it to your parents. This shame-honor mentality coupled with my Christian values,which commands children to honor their parents,sets up the framework for my decision-making.
I would love to do as my parents say and pursue an MBA after college, but the truth is, I don’t enjoy any of my business classes now.
I would also just love to say “Ok, I’ll go to grad school and get my masters,' but graduate school isn’t for everyone, and if I’m serious about pursuing journalism, then jumping right into the career field will benefit me more than obtaining a masters.
So what do I do? Suck it up and obey my parents, or go with my intuitions into the risky field of journalism?
Either way, I’ve got some big decisions up ahead…..
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