I had to go back to college. Sitting at home undertaking a fruitless job search each day was leading me to an early grave. I had to make the most of it to take this time to get my degree. Then I would be that much more marketable when this job market finally started to recover.
I got busy. I wrote my essay and applied to the school of communications at St. Rose. I looked over the courses. Some of them looked very interesting. It was scary though. What did I know about Communications? Absolutely nothing.
So I made my list of pros and cons of entering the communications program.
1) Very interesting classes.
2) Professional applicability. Every profession requires excellent communication skills. I just wasn’t jazzed about it yet.
3) I could earn my degree much quicker in communications than in Creative Writing. Got to get back to work. Darn mortgage.
1) This felt an awful lot like selling myself short. I am really against that.
2) I don’t like putting my writing dream further on the back burner. Not getting any younger Alicia. If not now, then when?
3) If I did enter the communications program, I would be depriving myself of the dazzling future interview question: “I see you have a degree in Creative Writing. Interesting. Please explain how this will help you in this Human Resources Position.”
I submitted my application, but every day I kept second guessing myself. Should I just go back and take a few more classes in English and follow my heart? I’d have to take British Literature (yuck), a Shakespeare course (ugh) and some other equally dreary classes in order to even be considered into the program. While I may be a prolific reader by some standards I stick to the latest in best-selling fiction, whatever book a friend has passed along to me, the Oprah Magazine and the Chinese take-out menus. I just wanted to learn how to be a writer; I didn’t really feel like reliving my high school English classes. I skipped most of them for a reason.
But man, I really wanted to write. Did I make the right choice to apply to the Communications program?