Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I've Got a Topic, Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey!

I feel I should mention that this is a very difficult paper for me to write and that this blog is due on two different dates, tomorrow and Monday. I'm going to do it now because that's safer and I don't read minds very well.
So there I am, listening to Eenie Meanie by Jim Noir on Pandora because that's a beautiful thing and I realize, that oh snap, I can't write my blog without knowing my topic. This sounds like a disaster, but you see, I did know my topic. All three of them. They just didn't like me and wouldn't let me pin them down. But my fourth topic is really derived from them all. In a way, they all merged together to become my topic. Without them, I never would have come to my topic.
So now that I know my topic and we are friends (it's facebook official) I can figure out how I want to go about persuading others that my topic and I are correct. And it seems to me that the best way to do that is through deduction. I can set up the premise that people who do work that they love are happier and support that with evidence such as research studies and testimonials. I can also probably pull on the motivational appeal string, too. It helps that people generally accept this premise as true to begin with.
Then I can set up the premise that people who do work they love are more successful. I can use Dr. Morris as a source there, I think, because I believe it was she who told us about the study done with 200 hundred people who wanted to be millionaires. Not as a source, as a testimonial of a research study.
And then ought to have one more premise for my sanity because our paper is supposed to be like six pages long at the minimum.
These premises will lead to the conclusion that if these are true than people who attend college and major in that which they love will be happier and more successful.
Now that I think about it, I can also use induction. Heck, I can probably use cost-benefit whatnot too, if I think for a little while. (Sneaky, sneaky, Professor, helping us do our outlines through our blogs. I approve.)
However, though I can use all three, I feel that deduction will be most useful to be but I have an idea that the other two might find their way into my paper just to be supportive.
And that's all I have for you. It is now four songs later and this blog is at a close. Akaetal teh zinthra anur. (It means good-bye and good night, if you were wondering.) Tal!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Oh College, What Am I to Assume About You?


Alright, so I always believed that college was where you went to get an education to a get a good job which I didn't want. I never wanted a job. Still don't. I hate the idea of doing nothing but work for the rest of my life. There's no joy in that and no satisfaction. Call me whatever you like, but I don't think money is a good tradeoff for working. That's just me though. Going back to college, ha ha, it never once crossed my mind not to go until this summer right before I left. College was just something that I was going to do, and I never really saw another option. Both my parents have gone to college and so did my sister, but my brother didn’t. He started his own business. So it wasn’t like I saw college as inevitable because my entire family went. It was just where you went next. That and people look at you funny if you tell them you aren’t going to college. It’s stupid, but what are you going to do? I assumed that I would go through four years of college, graduate with my degree, and if I worked hard and had some luck, I’d graudate sum cum laude. After college I’d enter the stupid workforce and proceed to be miserable for the rest of my life. Don’t worry. I don’t hold that belief anymore. Unless of course, I can’t enter into the job I want. Then yes. I will be miserable. But moving past that, I think that I will know if my assumptions that college is where you go to get a degree to get a job are true when I encounter something to prove them. For example, I thought that I would go to college and have to work hard and diligently in order to keep my idea of a good grade, an A or better. Thus far, this has proven true. I’ve had to be both diligent and hard working to turn in the best quality work I am capable of. I assumed that procrastination would be my downfall in college. That is a constant battle but I think that one is a fact. As I encounter things, they will change or affirm my assumptions, but I never really thought of my assumptions before and found out that I didn’t really have that many.
So let us then do some more assumptions (this sounds like a recipe for disaster does it not?) and assume I can graduate college with a Bachelor’s degree. Yay! Congratulations! You did it! Huzzah! Then the party’s over, not that anyone throws a party for the harder of graduations but who’s complaining, and I get to reflect on whether or not my pile of debt was worth my shiny piece of paper. Well, I don’t know. I could do complicated little equations and calculate how much it would’ve cost me to have already been in the workplace and compare them to what I spent at college, but I strongly abhor math so no. I don’t think I will. Or I could enter into the workplace and see how I, with my newfound collegic knowledge, can stand in the world of work. I can look at what I learned and how useful I find those learnings. I can just speak from my gut or heart or someplace like that and say yes, this was useful or no this was not. Despite the fact that my career doesn’t require a degree, I think that I will be glad I went to college and that it was generally worth the enormous mound of debt.