That one question

“What do you want to do with that degree?”

Unless they’re in a program that’s very applied, like nursing/engineering/plumbing, anyone in school knows and dreads this question.

My heart goes out to philosophy and studio art majors because they must get so tired of defending their program to friends and family.

Most of the programs I applied to in high school were in International Development, and I remember spending every major holiday explaining to my family a) what ID is and b) how I could possibly feed myself as an ID major.

Now I’m in Environmental Science, so things are a little better. But Enviro Sci sounds a little bit hippyish and that still provokes concerned/skeptical looks and “Why not engineering/business/nursing?”

But even though I have the marks to be in those programs, I know that I’d be miserable. So no, I don’t really know what I want to do with my degree; but I’m going to love what I do. And it’s not going to be boring.