'I hate it when engineer students refer to  themselves as engineers, like you don't hear medicine students calling themselves doctors or arts students calling themselves unemployed' - A direct quote from a student on my university Facebook page. This post had over three thousand likes, and hundreds of people commenting in agreement and tagging their friends- who just had to see this hilarious joke that pokes fun at people's passions and life choices. 

Hi, I'm Kahlia, and I'm an Arts student. I major in Creative Writing and Journalism. I have noticed that there is a general bad attitude towards people that choose to study the Arts, and I don't agree with it at all. Let's answer some 'frequently asked questions' if you will, that I get in my daily life, by people that are either very rude, or just plain ignorant. But probably both.

Aren't you, like... worried you won't get a job?

Not in the slightest, but thank you for your concern. Here is a non-exhaustive list of careers that people studying Writing and Journalism can pursue: Article writer, advertising writer, novelist, poet, screenwriter, songwriter, blogger, ghostwriter, freelance writer, creative writing consultant, editor, digital copywriter, journalist, the list really does go on. I am of the strong belief that if you love something, and are truly passionate about it, you will find a way to pursue it as a career. I'm not saying it will be easy, or instant, but it will be worth it. I don't concern myself with your career aspirations so you shouldn't concern yourself so much with mine.

Oh, that sounds easy! (Or any other comments that allude to the fact that I probably don't have to work very hard)

Do you know what pluscuamperfecto means? I do, and it's because I put in a lot of effort to know the content of what I study. Universities don't just hand out Bachelor degrees, I promise. I spend hours upon hours a week reading, studying, and learning. I sit exams, write assignments, and get graded just like any other course does. I don't really think it's fair for people to judge the level of skill or effort it takes for someone else to complete a degree. It might be easier for some people and harder for others- for me, it's certainly hard. 

Are you trying to be the next J. K. Rowling or something?

No, I'm trying to be the first Kahlia Tipping. I feel like this question has an undertone of 'yeah, right, like you could do that...' and that doesn't sit right with me. J. K. Rowling worked tremendously hard to be where she is, and I'll work tremendously hard to get where I want to go. Would you like if I compared every business owner to Steve Jobs? It wouldn't make sense, and neither does your condescending comparison. Also, as I mentioned above, studying writing doesn't always mean you want to be a novelist. Some people want to write other things- it's like assuming someone studying business wants to open a business. 

And my favourite, more light-hearted question that people ask is:

Oh, do you like English?

Yes. Yes I do.

So there it is- my sarcastic, sassy response to the questions I get regarding me studying the very thing that I love. I enjoy it, I am striving to make a career out of it, and I'm one hundred per cent happy with my choice to study something enjoy, and am passionate about.



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