Recently I have decided exactly what I am going to do as my plan B, in case the music career doesn’t work out. I have always loved traveling and learning new things. So, I did a ton of research, looking at major after major. I had three major questions that I had to say yes to, so I could narrow down the list. Where would I live for the majority of this trip? Did I have freedom to choose what jobs I could take? Was I going to be happy doing this for the rest of my life? If all of those had a yes, then it was time to figure how to make this happen.

One more thing I absolutely wanted, was to be able to continue writing and preforming my music. I just can’t imagine a world where I am not writing. Even if it’s just as a songwriter for other people. Unfortunately, I need something thats going to pay the bills at the end of the day. So I narrowed it down to two fields. Anthropology, which is the study of human cultures, and Journalism, since I liked writing so much.

Then I thought to myself, why not do both? I could travel and learn about different cultures, then I could write articles or books about it. I could do a lot with both, and I could keep writing music. Now you may be thinking, What could someone possibly do to make money like this? Well, I have many answers since that was what my parents wanted me to find in a field.

Journalism is self explanatory, you can write, copy write, be an editor, or a social media specialist. Anthropology wasn’t as easy to find jobs for. However, after extensive googling I found that most do fieldwork, are historians, or curators at museums. They work for the government in fields such as linguistics, or for companies to help market products.

Obviously, my choice of work would be doing fieldwork and writing. My plan is to live in a different country for a year or so, and then write about the culture, the environment, and anything else I find out about that area. For example, my first stop is the United Kingdom, because I have always wanted to live there for a while. I love English literature, and I would love to tour the entire region. My writing would look more like a tourist handbook, but I’m sure I can come up with some creative writings on the side.

As someone who was worried about finding a major that was right for me, I can tell you that it may not be easy to find one that fits you. I used many resources including google, family, friends, pinterest, just to name a few. I wanted to make sure that, before I transfer, I finally knew what I wanted to do before I waste thousands of dollars. Of course, it would be ideal for the music career to take off so I don’t have to worry about this, but that what if is always going to lead me back to going through with my college degree.

I hope this was helpful in your search to do something interesting, or helped give you an idea on how to do something you love. My only suggestion is that you really commit to the major you are choosing if you are going to a four year university. I have many friends that are there, and keep changing their majors, so they are wasting precious student loans to figure out who they are. Although not ideal, I think living at home and going to community college to take care of my cores for cheap was the best idea ever.

 

Published by Courtney Istre