Today I want to talk a bit about why, after a year of travelling, I went back to university to get my postgraduate degree. It’s something that for a long while I couldn’t imagine myself doing. And yet, here I am, and so far I’m enjoying it.
For a long time I’ve been a opponent of the “generic life path”; by that I mean the expectation that from high school you go to university, from university you go to a 9 to 5 job, you then get married, have children, work long hours till your retirement and then pursue your passions. That’s no judgement to people who do follow this path; everyone is different in what they want out of life. For me however this was not at all appealing. Going back to university to pursue my postgraduate degree almost seemed like a betrayal to myself, as if going back to higher education meant letting go of those values. I soon became aware of how silly that was.
I realised one day that I am so lucky to even have higher education as a option available to me. I can go to university when I want to, I can study what I want to. I have parents that support me financially and emotionally to go through higher education. For a long time I didn’t appreciate just how fortunate I am; there are so many people on this earth who don’t have these opportunities available to them. I felt guilty that I’d regarded it as a burden, when really it was such a blessing. All of a sudden it felt like a waste not to pursue a postgraduate degree.
If there is one thing I learnt it’s that you should do a postgraduate degree because it’s on a subject you’re interested in, NOT just for the qualification. The first time when I was looking at master’s programs, I was doing so because I felt like that was the right next step. I felt like I needed to get my postgraduate degree in order to do anything else in life. That time around I didn’t find one I was interested in, and ended up travelling for a year. The second time around I looked at only courses that truly interested me; I found one, applied only to that one, and go into that one. That’s where I’m at now, and it’s a course that I want to learn about. I’m not here for the qualification, I’m here because I want to learn.
I’m excited for the next year. I have no clue what I’ll do afterwards, but for now this feels right. Remember to do what feels right to you; try not to like societal of family expectations get to you. You’re your own person.
What are you thoughts on this topic? I’d love to know! I’ll stop my rambling now; I hope it was a somewhat interesting read.