May 20, 2005

i'm missing the war

Whenever anyone asks me what I want to do with my degree in Journalism and Rhetoric - Creative Writing (yeah, that's right, I'm not an English major), I always say "I want to write and get paid for it." Right now I'm writing in this blog while I'm at work, so it's almost like I'm writing and getting paid for it. Well, actually I'm getting paid to scan pictures but writing instead.
Anyway, with senior year of college fast approaching, I've been starting to think lately about what I'm going to do after I graduate. I ran into a former teacher at the Lilac Parade and I talked with him for a while and he asked where I see myself in 5 years. It was a good question. One that I've been think about a lot. So here are some possible scenarios I could see myself pursuing at this point:

1. Get a job at whatever newspaper or publication is willing to hire me when I graduate and relocate to wherever they happen to be. This is probably the most realistic situation.
2. Go to King's College in London and get an MA in American Studies...ok not really. I just like the idea of getting a degree in American Studies from a British university.
3. A (slightly more) realistic London proposal: Work my ass off from the time I graduate until the following New Years and save up a bunch of money. Then go over and live in London doing whatever I feel like, maybe work in a pub somewhere or something, until the next Thanksgiving. I don't know what I'd really get out of this careerwise, but it would be awesome.
4. Go into the Peace Corp and get to live in a foreign country for a couple years helping make a difference in people's lives. I don't really know if any skills that I have are useful for the Peace Corp though.
5. Do one of those teaching English in a foreign country - like Japan or China - deals. It would be another cool way to get to see more of the world. It's just too bad that they don't need people to teach English in England.
6. If I can't find a job at a paper or magazine somewhere I've thought about getting a job at Starbucks (I hear they have good benefits) and working on some writing until I decide to go back to grad school. Which leads to...
7. Go to grad school and get an MFA in Creative Writing. This is something I definitely want to do eventually. Originally it was my plan for immediately after I finished my undergrad but I was advised against going right away. So I might wait a couple years and then do that.
8. Write a kick ass proposal and get a government grant to go travel around the world and write a book. If I could do that it would be incredible.
So those are some of the things I'm considering for when I finish school this time next year. It's nice to have options. I probably will end up doing something totally different than any of those things I just wrote though. Life has a tendency to make serious planning for the future quite difficult.


Sugar, We're Going Down - Fall Out Boy

Posted by dpetrella at May 20, 2005 11:22 AM | TrackBack

Don't go to England. England sucks. It's a stupid, stupid country! BLAH!

Posted by: Cheeky at May 21, 2005 1:31 AM

It would be sad if you went to england, but i wouldn't pass up the chance if you get it. heck, you might meet an argentinian girl named wynn or something. . .

Posted by: jon at May 23, 2005 1:47 AM

Yeah, Europeans emerge from the woods like crazy, you've gotta watch your back. However, if you do go to London, we should all just go. fuck careers. We're all going to London and we're gonna live in Ye Olde Big Freakin' Flat. I like this plan and I'm excited to be a part of it.

Posted by: Griegs at May 23, 2005 2:16 AM

the english are imbred, they smell, and they have stupid accents... or am i describing le francais?

Posted by: catalina at August 18, 2006 5:38 PM
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