Six months from now, I will be walking (with two functioning kneecaps) across the stage (having already recieved my SPT certificate early that week, I hope!) and have my diploma in hand. Graduating. For four years, I've been so focused on what I would study, what classes I could take and what I would learn from them that I really forgot the minor detail that all I am supposed to end up with next May is a piece of paper.
And a lot of debt.
Luckily, for everything else I have ever wondered about, there is Senior Seminar. Every Friday morning before Directing, to make me doubt my life plan not to have a life plan. Like these projects to come up with alternative careers and grad schools with majors - it gets me thinking and thinking makes me worry. And this is how I ended up getting some really decent life advice via twitter.
ME: does anyone have an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies? I dream of a grad school that I could afford and lets me do the weird theatre I like.
@MeronLangsner: I don't know of any such that I would recommend. You can still branch out from a primary discipline regardless.
ME: senior sem = realizing all I didn't know to do with life (ex: grad school) and Ind. Study seems a potential future compromise
senior seminar...making me doubt my life plan not to have a life plan on a weekly basis.
@MeronLangsner: I actually seriously recommend Against going directly into grad school.
ME: oh gosh, no! I need to get out of the classroom for awhile. I'm thinking five, ten years down the line if I win the lottery!
@MeronLangsner: Ok good. You had me worried for a minute there :)
ME: a minute thinking about the future worries me for longer than the minute spent thinking. I'm graduating in six months - AHHH!
@MeronLangsner: Move to a city you want to work in and do the work. Easy :)
Seriously, if you have no ties, go anywhere interesting. You can always write about it later. (I went to the UK)
ME: NYC is the only city I've seriously visited/know people to work with, could help start working. But is it where I want to go?
that's as far as I've planned out. I like that plan but I really don't know where to go (or how to afford to live).
ME: I'd love Toronto, Ottawa; I'm not sure how to legally work in another country. But if I could afford to jump across the pond!
@MeronLangsner: I went on a work visa through
@BUNAC_USA, though I know the program has changed some since then.
ME: thanks! If I do end up moving to Canada, I'll send you a pint of maple syrup from Northern New York - family made!
@MeronLangsner: One important thing is to find a support job that you enjoy and gives you time to do theater. The sooner the better.
ME: good thing there is always house managing! Perhaps tarot reading still on the side? worse comes, I'll keep my modeling job.
@MeronLangsner: I know of two medical doctors who are actors, a few engineers, and a whole spectrum of other stuff.
I am sure that scaling a private practice down to half time beats the shit out of many other options.
So do not rule out a parallel career that might also be rewarding.
@GwydionS wrote a great article about that a while back.
ME: right now my interests/potential future careers tend to intertwine, overlap, hyphenate into one another. But still!
@MeronLangsner: There are far worse problems to have :).
ME: I may not know what to do with myself at times but I am happy with all that I can do.
I've been using the internet for a lot of research lately. I'm looking for summer jobs (still too early for the summer stock season though), updating my website (and switching from Weebly to Wix!) and doing general research.
CURRENT LIFE PLANS:
- Travel from job to job
- Move to city and find work there
- Win the lottery and go to grad school
- Live in cardboard box
- Move back home, see if CPS will take pity/remember me and hire me.
- Combination of 1 and 2: work for awhile (the summer?) before moving to city with newly earned money.
I like 1 and 2 (aka 6). Here's why:
- I like the thought of grad school.
- I cannot afford grad school.
- I'm also tired of academia and trying to satisfy the core curriculum requirements.
- I've been in school for eighteen years - I need some time off!
- So, no grad school.
- But I'm allergic to home. Plus, no jobs. = no point in moving back home.
My goal is to get a job post-grad by my birthday (April 18, 2014). If that doesn't work out, I will imediately being planning where I will move to and when I will make that move. As to where I would move to once that potentially (eventually) occurs: