If you don’t know already, I am currently in graduate school. My course of study is in Library and Information Science and I am focusing on Young Adult Services. However, I am going to try my best to take courses in either Reference or Technical Services so I can have options open. But this post isn’t really about that. Well, it is, but it isn’t. Does that make sense? Let me clarify.
When I first began toying with the idea of going to graduate school I was a little overwhelmed. I have always been someone who is interested in almost everything. I guess you could say that I liked to learn. I did a little research and come to find out –Library and Information Science = the perfect fit! I was really excited this summer when I found out that I was going to library school. However, the excitement died down when people started questioning my decision. And the thing about it is that these aren’t people that matter! They were random friends, strangers, and distance relatives. Every time I would tell someone I was going to library school, they would always say one of three things: “You can get a degree in that?”; “Why would you want to do that? There is no money in it…”; and, my all time favorite “Well what about your theater degree? How are you going to incorporate that into your Masters degree?”
Before I go into those three things, I want to give you a little background about me. I am a shy person. Behind this blog and these words, there is a quiet little nerd who likes to read and, sometimes, write. The first time someone approached me with these questions, I felt ashamed of what I knew to be my calling. I didn’t want to have to defend myself to people. I never have. Then I got really annoyed. And now I am to the point where I don’t really care what other people have to say because, and this is a real kicker, IT’S MY LIFE!
Now to address the questions.
1) “You can get a degree in that?” – Uh, yeah. You can get a degree in just about anything. What people don’t realize is a librarian is more than just a book retriever. We research and study research sources. Everyone can Google something, pull it off a page, and call it a resource. Librarians find the good stuff. The quality research that is going to get you what you really need. That isn’t something everyone can do.
2) “Why would you want to do that? There is no money in it…” – Honey, if I were in it for the money – I wouldn’t be in it. Plain and simple. I understand life is hard without money, but money isn’t everything. If I wanted to be rich I would have gone with a business or law degree. Those options aren’t for me. Librarians tend to be service oriented in nature. They generally also tend to want to better society, whether through literary/outreach programs or advisory services. To me that is just as rewarding as monetary gain. Working in retail for the past two years has really shown me what people are really like. There are nice people and there are not so nice people. My retail job has shown me that I like to help people find what they are looking for. It makes me feel good.
3) “Well what about your theater degree? How are you going to incorporate that into your Masters degree?” – I love theater. It’s great. Like all art, it’s a true reflection of society. Society fascinates me. But theater is also cut throat and a real networking type environment. To succeed you have to have passion and determination. Those are things I don’t have for theater. I love it, but I can’t see myself making a career out of it. Also, I don’t feel that my undergraduate degree really prepared me for the work environment in theater. I am getting more out of this Master’s degree than I did with my theater degree. And that’s the truth. The amount of ways I can incorporate my theater degree with my Library degree is infinite. There are no limitations. That’s one of the things I LOVE about this (library) degree. I can take any skill set that I learn and apply it anywhere.
All I am really trying to say is do what you love and don’t let no body stop you. People don’t matter. YOU matter. What YOU want matters. YOU know what is best for YOU. Do you get where I am going with this? Good.
Yes, this was a completely random post, but it’s been sitting heavy on my mind for a while. It’s also something I think that I needed to say, but couldn’t put into verbal form. Because, you know, us introverts have trouble communicating verbally.
What do you think? Do you feel like you have to defend your life decisions sometimes?