Hello lovely people!
This week seems pretty straightforward with this challenge: Education. I, an addict to education, have quite an abundance of education and plan to continue obtaining more degrees when I can afford it…since it’s NOT cheap…at all…
Any who…here’s to EDUCATION!
Growing up in Canada, I feel blessed to have had access to a fairly decent education system. Though the education beyond high school isn’t free (yet), it’s still achievable through loans and OSAP and the like.
After high school, I decided I wanted to be a teacher and went to university for the concurrent education program…well, I ended up dropping the concurrent education part. I did enjoy teaching and apparently I have a knack for it, but it wasn’t something I felt SUPER dedicated to, so I figured I’d let the passionate people find their dream teaching job. Thus, I decided to continue at the same school but went for a combined Honors in English Literature and Contemporary Studies, with two minors in Criminology and Psychology.
Obviously, I have WAY too many interests and couldn’t decide what I wanted to do.
About third year, I was starting to MASSIVELY FREAK OUT! I wasn’t sure what I was aiming to be and what I could even do with this degree. Then a friend and a teacher mentioned the Library and Information Science program…TOTALLY up my alley. Seriously, I get to be TAUGHT about librarianship and information management?! Sign me up!
Luckily, the program wasn’t TOO competitive at the time (it is now…woot for me!) and I had wonderful references for my application for the masters program…and got in with my first application! To this day, I have NO regrets choosing to apply for this program. There are an ABUNDANCE of opportunities in this field of study…it’s definitely a perfect fit for me.
One important thing I should definitely mention is that I would have never received all of this without my parents.
Unlike most folks, my parents paid for my entire undergrad tuition. Living at home, I basically had to only worry about books since my parents would never charge me rent; they are so cute and nice! Honestly though, I worked so hard for good grades and doing the best I could in school to show my appreciation to my parents; not only do I live in a country where I have access to an education but I was also lucky to have such amazing parents that saved for me so I wouldn’t have to pay for it. I don’t think I can ever repay them for that. They even helped with some of my masters, though I did pay for quite a bit and had to pay for rent since I moved out…oh the joys of adulting.
All in all, I have had an amazing educational experience and cannot begin to express how thankful I am for that. I know not everyone has the same opportunities, and I strongly wish and fight for all individuals to have the right to receive an education. I think a lot of people don’t realize how amazing it is to live in a country where you are granted such opportunities…it’s truly a beautiful gift.
In the future, I would really like to obtain another masters…maybe in Linguistics or Museum Studies. I would also like to get my certification for map mending and book repairs, especially since I had so much fun doing that in the Map and Data Centre at Western University as my part-time job. I know I’m definitely not done obtaining an education and other degrees, but it will definitely be through my own finances this time round.
What about you guys?! What education have you received? What are your thoughts on the education system where you live?