Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Liberal... what?!

I work in a university in the Financial Services department. I love my job. I've been committed to Higher Education (specifically Academic Advising) since my demise in all degrees. It's not that I couldn't cut it or failed out... It's that I had no idea what I wanted to do, when I realized I wanted to work in a university I had this moment of pure freak out in the thoughts that surrounded a career that didn't have a specific degree track.

There's rarely a school you come across that provides a Higher Education degree program. So... after beginning with business, going through a brief thought of going through dental school, taking a semester to hate nursing, almost getting my teaching certificate... I settled on the Liberal Studies program at my university. Best. Decision. Ever?

This is where you do that weird "I DON'T KNOW" face. Because WHO gets a liberal studies degree, right?! Other than the people who really don't want a job... amiright?!
Oh, the degree where you PICK the classes you want to take...?

Well, it's pronounced ~Bachelor of Science~ thankyouverymuch. I have been the preacher and the preached on this topic. I can't say this degree track was the first thing I thought of... and I'll never be able to administer medication or say I'm great at nuclear engineering, but I can say I'm marketable. I was never a traditional student, actually I held down a full time 9-5 job for most of my college career. There was that time I was working two retail jobs and going to school full time, then there was the 1.5 years I worked for the government and enjoyed extravagant holidays and pizzas on Friday, then a stint in Nursing school, while working at Anthropologie 30 hours a week, my 2 years at a moving company where I quoted moves for people that complained about paying for good looking guys to move them, and my last semester in college (the semester I decided to quit Elementary Education) I got the offer I'd been waiting for. When I got the call that I was going to be paid a salary and finally get to work within the university; I can't say I didn't do that stupid happy dance everyone talks about (because I did). 

The choice to work within the university was not just a pay increase, but it was an actual step towards my career. That's one of those moments you can't help just know is a huge stepping stone. There are somethings you wonder about, then there's the obvious "this is going to benefit me in a huge way" stone you fall on and lay there for a moment wondering how you got to be so lucky.

So now, here I am not only getting great benefits and working in the general area that I spent so much time worrying over. I'm finally making progress towards becoming an Academic Advisor. I'm gaining experience and loving my job while I do it. Helping college students with their financial aid can be a huge pain, especially when you give the same "stay on top of it" speech 171 times a day, but I'm so happy to be where I am. I love my job! This is the exact spot I hoped I'd be when I graduated and it's a beautiful thing. 

So here's what I have to say about you liberal studies degree seekers/holders. Get it, GET IT. TWERK IT. You are talented, you are smart, you should be proud of yourselves, and embrace your talents and skills.

Oh, clothes... It's pretty boring lately, but...
Shirt: Target// Pants: H&M (worn too much)// Shoes: Target (run, don't walk, buy)
PSA: Your boss might make fun of your shoe choice, just remember how great you are at your job and how much everyone is going to envy you ;)


  1. Love these shoes and your blog!! Now following!!

  2. I almost bought those shoes, I love them!

    1. I was skeptical, but they have already paid for themselves in wear-time ;)