Apparently her parents want her to do the standard-issue law-or-medical-school route but she wants to be an art teacher. The theory naturally being that doctors and lawyers make better money. I told her straight up I had no authority to give advice because I dropped out of school myself, but that the current economy didn't guarantee anyone, no matter their degree or background, a job upon graduating and it makes a whole lot of no sense at all to pick a major based on how you THINK you can do once you graduate.
Rwargh! I don't like this mindset (not yours, yours is fine). We don't need lawyers and doctors who don't want to be lawyers and doctors (by the way, although doctors are still in demand, there's a fuckton of lawyers out there. Also a degree in art teaching with good grades qualifies you to enter either med school or law school, looking at the statistics, history majors (for example) are selected proportionately more often than pre-med majors (although there's probably a selection bias at play).
I don't have much to say about the gay issues other than that you're doing a great job. Especially with "Ian" who probably really needs some support right now.
Post by itachirumon on Dec 29, 2011 11:59:00 GMT -5
Luckly, I didn't experience this too much, but I've heard horror stories of parents guilting their kids into living the life they want for them.
Same - thankfully all mom did was suggest Freshman year I try a Psych class because I might enjoy it - turns out, she was right and I WANTED that to be my major after finishing.
Solomon's 1st Law: Fortune and Happenstance share a complimentary property with each other. As Fortune increases, random negative acts of happenstance increase - and vice versa. 2nd Law: (1st law of higher ed.) the less likely you are to use something, the more likely it is your degree will require it at some point.
For me, the teen years are a mixed bag. Some teens are pretty cool and intelligent, but some are so commercial-happy they get really stupid at that age.
I'm not picking on you or anything, it just happens to be that this is something I hear a lot about teenagers. That they're commercial-happy, or shallow, or self-centred, or gossipy. But honestly, I think that's a bit of an unfair point to make. You will find gossips, commercial-happy, and shallow people in every age demographic from fetus to dead. It's entirely possible there ARE more of them in young adult groups, but it's also possible that people hone in on it just because teenagers aren't a group that's generally well-liked anyway. It's also possible that there only SEEM to be more of them because they're LOUDER about it. If there's one thing kids aren't good at, it's volume control.
Also: Felicity was my homegirl. Wordeth. I still have a pre-Mattel Felicity in my parent's house, the one with the bright red hair instead of the auburn hair.
Remember, I said "some." And yeah, teens have the unfortunate tendency to be louder about things than any other age group over 5. It can be damn annoying until they learn to calm down a bit--but mostly if you're not into the same things they are.
And yeah, my Felicity turns 20 next year. *fistbumps the fellow Felicity fan* I'm gonna see if I can wash the red dye back out of her Meet dress; if not, I've found copies of the out-of-print pattern book Pleasant Company used to sell, so I can make her a new period dress. :3
I think the thought of ironbite licking Caitshidhe's ears till cows came is far more disturbing than any naked flesh we could post. Sexy thoughts are universally ruined by the introduction of farm animals.