Sunday, July 21, 2019

Was Getting a Master's Worth It?

Hey, I'm B.

            In 2017, I took the plunge and decided to go to grad school. This decision came years and years after I kept saying I wouldn't be going back to school because I was just so tired of going to class, sitting there, learning, etc. (Cry me a river, right?) After that thought process came and went, a different thought engulfed my entire being (not to sound dramatic). What on earth was I going to do with a film degree?

You see, back then, I had no faith in myself. I couldn't see myself following my dreams in a subject that seemed almost impossible to get into. And because I fear the unknown, I couldn't let the universe do its own thing. I needed a plan. On a whim, like I do with everything in my life (more on that later), I applied to grad school without a second thought.

Actually, I ruminated on this plan for four months, but who's counting?

My mom was thrilled when I decided to continue on with my education. As she always says, "Be better than me, do better than me," so it was no surprise that she kept pushing me to do my Master's. As much as I didn't want to go to school again, I knew I had to so I gave her one simple condition...

I would be going to London to continue my studies.

She didn't like it and didn't quite believe that I would do it, but what I love about my mom is that she'll let me do whatever I want with my life. Thanks, Mom. After applying to 5 graduate schools, four in London and one in Newcastle, and getting accepted into all 5 (I will most definitely give myself props for that), she had to come to terms with the fact that I was moving to London for an entire year.

I'm not going to write about my experience in London just yet. That could be an entire series of posts if anything. This is mostly about the decision of getting a second degree and if it really mattered.

Honestly, at this current stage in my life, I don't think I'm using my degree to its full potential. Of course, I do think it partially helped me get my current job but I also keep telling myself I learned nothing at school (that's the self-doubt talking).

I wholeheartedly believe that everyone should continue on with their education. Whether that's through graduate schools, trade schools, or even the occasional and random online class. Always keep wanting to learn, because once you stop wanting to learn, you stop living (there's irony in that sentence, to be honest.) Because I have that wanting-to-constantly-learn gene in me, I want to go ahead and get a PhD just for the hell of it.

So, was getting a Master's degree worth it? I think so. Should you get a master's degree? Of course, you should. After my year abroad, I ended 2018 with a Master's in International Business Management with Marketing. Again, that decision came because I was completely afraid of what my future would hold with just a Bachelor's in Film and Media Studies.

I'm currently using my master's degree at work, but if anything would ever happen and I don't end up using that degree sometime in my future, at least I could say I got my Master's at 23 (it could have been 22, ugh) in London.

And that is something I can say I'm proud of.



1 comment

  1. Great piece, you are the master of your "Destiny" and what you accomplished academically will only be amplified by the success you reach in your career, whatever that may be.