I must be a masochist.
I'm thinking of putting myself back in the Post-Secondary game starting in the Fall 2014 semester.
I mean, getting a part-time job and getting paid for all that work and stress sounds very tempting...but the unfortunate thing is that our society places value post-secondary education. As it stands right now, I am no different than any of the thousands of high school people looking for a job and jobs are hard to find.
Unfortunately, my old University isn't going to be offering my program even if I choose to return to the institution. Since Sociology does not lead to Education anymore, I have decided to forget about that dream for the time being. I mean, an Ed after degree is only 2 more years. If I feel so inclined in the future I'll figure out how to pay my own way.
Originally, my family just wanted me to get any ordinary degree to prove to employers that I have taken the sh!t a university bureaucracy has to offer and I survived it. A degree says more than just "I know my [insert field]", it also says "I can manage my time", "I am independent", "I am responsible" etc. That piece of paper with the words "Bachelor of [field]" is just that, a piece of paper to decorate some bare wall or mantle. It's what that title says about you that is important. So, even if I want to apply for any old job, that piece of paper is what sets me apart from the hundreds of other applicants.
Anyway, because of the above, we all thought that I should just finish my sociology degree and then use that to get into a cashier job in a supermarket or work in a fast-food place. Unfortunately, that's what I was thinking at first.
However, tonight I think I might have finally found a use for Sociology...what many deem the useless, hipster psychology...basically, the psychology-wanna-be if you will.
I was really bored tonight and felt like doing something useful. I craved sociology. Specifically, I craved my Crime and Delinquency textbook. After swimming through piles of boxes, clothes, and plushies, I found my sociology books. Before I dove into the world of sociology the word 'criminology' popped into my head. I decided to look it up to make sure it was what I thought it was. I was in luck. It was something I deemed interesting! Immediately, I went hunting through the websites of all the post-secondary institutions offered in my city. I settled on one, learned how to get there (in theory) and began to look at programs and degrees.
I was in luck.
Bachelor of Criminal Justice appeared. It's actually a thing!
Well then, I haven't applied yet...but I hope to do so soon. If anyone out there is praying for me or wishing me success in life, please pray that I get in and I like it enough to do well.
Of course, criminal psychology was what gave me nightmares back in high school. I have that class to blame for my endless nightmares of serial killers and loved ones being murdered horribly in front of me. Ever since then I've tried to avoid criminal psychology and sociology...but I can't deny that it's always been an interest for me.
Anyway, it looks like the job prospects for this degree are slightly higher than just an ordinary Sociology degree. Don't get me wrong, I love sociology and it fascinates me to no end...but when you think 'sociology' there aren't very many careers that stick out. Criminal Justice sounds like a more specialized side of sociology with some politics and stats mixed in.
I looked at the careers this degree leads to and there are more than just serial killers and psych-wards. I could work for the police, become a detective, or coordinate programs for "at-risk" youth. Anyway, it sounds like a lot of fun and also sounds like a better route than I had originally planned.
So, I pray I get accepted. I pray that I can do well and enjoy it. And I pray I can get a job with this degree. Unfortunately, a lot of things in my life are reliant on prayer at the moment. Well, the only thing I've ever had was a prayer since everything I have comes from God. I hope this is the path God wants me on and, like always, I know that if this is what He wants for me, He will let it happen and give me the skill I need to do so.
Well then, with a slightly more positive outlook on life, goodnight.
PS. I've actually drawn and colored (horribly) some things for a special project. When I finish, I'll snap a picture and post it...or scan them etc. I'll say more if/when this project comes to fruition.