I was talking to my friend today, who has already graduated and has been working for Boeing for almost two years now. She was telling me that she really missed being a student, and that corporate America aside from salary wasn’t all it was cracked out to be. However, her exhortations fell on somewhat skeptical ears, because at this time, I am having a bit of bout with student life ennui. Pascal Paraisot’s, “I’m Staying in Bed” would describe my feelings exactly.
“What use is it for me to wake up
today will be like yesterday.
I’m staying in bed
from today on
I’m staying in bed
Instead of opening my mailbox
to see that I never have mail
to find a job that pays
ten francs an hour and some peanuts”…
(originally French, translation credit: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080801171111AALWjcd
And quite frankly, I’m very disappointed with my classes this semester. Asian Eats has turned out to be very boring. You would think that a class about food would be a lot of fun, but it’s really tedious, and the book we’re reading right now has certain agenda with which I don’t agree. Furthermore, the professor’s voice tends to make me sleepy (he’s like a bad librivox narrarator) and I’ve begun to fall back into the “staying up late and waking up early-ish out of necessity” habit that college students tend to maintain. All told, I’ve been caught dozing off in that class more than once. Dialects of China is sort of more interesting, but there’s a lot of reading to keep up with. And the class is 2 hours and 45 minutes long…in the middle of the afternoon…Finally, to add to all that, I have ancient Asian history after that (for another 2 hours and 45 minutes) with an anthropology research specialist who somehow ended up in a teaching job. That class kills me. It’s worse than chemistry–chemistry was only 75 minutes long and I managed to make some friends in the class. For this class, we keep moving around, so we always work with other people and never get to know them very well. Thinking about this class makes me seriously have doubts about being an Asian studies major.
I’ve also been filling in cover letters and internship applications and researching a lot of tourism consultancies/marketing agencies that specifically cater to tourism agencies. I really believe that applying to these things is more work than actually working.
At least I have my extra-curricular activities. I’m doing Shotokan Karate, as well as playing the violin and taking lessons again, in addition to doing stuff with ISF. Plus I’ve been attending church. But having so many is also a reason for concern because it puts more commitment on my plate. I make time to practice my violin, attend karate sessions three or four times per week, and ISF twice per week.
I am actually not sure that I would really miss student life all that much when I’m done, due to the fact that I finished middle school and moved on to high school and didn’t miss it, and now I’m in college and I don’t miss high school. Plus, I firmly believe that if you’re doing life right, you can have a fulfilling post-grad life. That’s what our professors say. And isn’t the “after graduation” part of life the point of going to school? Well, that’s what I think. Probably because my parents stressed that FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE COMES AFTER HIGHER EDUCATION.
Well, anyway, at this point, I do not want to think about grad school. (And a Japanese MA student recently told me that a lot of people in liberal arts academia end up working part time for the rest of their careers because the fields are really saturated.)
We say the grass is always greener on the other side. Maybe, maybe not.