As I finish up my associates degree, and prepare to enter into my Bachelors, I realize I have to buckle down and decide exactly what I want after graduation. I can no longer experiment with classes that look cool, or interesting, and get me my credits where I need them. That was amazingly fun the last couple years, but moving forward…well, we all have to decide what we want to be when we grow up eventually.
For me, that’s been a long journey. At first, I was going to jump into a BA in Psychology. I had lofty goals of helping military families dealing with things like deployments, PTSD, life with the military etc. But the required math kicked that to the curb when I realized that try as I might, I couldn’t overcome my limits in that department. I almost decided to just settle for my associates and move on. But I couldn’t do it.
So, I changed my future major to match my current one. I’ll continue along the path of Letters, Arts and Sciences. I love the classes, even the required ones. It’s not a single disciplined approach, which is a benefit in and of itself. I have a broad range of opportunities in the work force thanks to this multi discipline approach. Well Rounded is the word that comes to mind. I even decided on a minor in Political Science! I was set.
Or so I thought. that changed again this week. First, it started with deciding I’d like an Undergrad Certificate in Children, Youth, and Family services. Still with the idea of working with families like mine, dealing with military life. Also, with a thought toward teaching in the future. And it struck me, that my Political Science minor didn’t quite fit among studies that center on sociology, ethics, critical thinking, and human and family development. Not really. But you know what does? A minor in Sociology.
So, with registration for Fall just around the corner, I buckled down, and scoured degree audits and course lists and tentatively mapped out the classes I’d need to complete my BA, Certificate, and Minor. The magic number? 24. Pending a discussion with my advisor, I even have my classes chosen for the next 5 or 6 semesters (depending on how many classes I take per semester). This is it. My final decision, and the one I will stick with unless something beyond my control pops up and demands a change.
BA in Letters, Arts and Sciences
Minor in Sociology
Undergraduate Certificate in Children, Youth, and Family Services.
And maybe, if I save my pennies, eventually a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Educating Individuals with Autism. Maybe.
I still don’t know what exactly I want to be when I grow up. But at least I have a direction.