I've been thinking about my next step after my BA recently. There's very little point, to be honest, in not going on to get a Master's degree. Most people with BAs aren't using them in their chosen field at any rate, and, at my age, an MA is going to help immensely.
The problem is that this is the issue I was dealing with in community college, only writ large: I'm still aiming for a job that doesn't yet exist. This makes any real talk of a "career plan" laughable. At the same time, though, I do need to have a strategy. Here is what I know, for now:
1. I think my graduate school should be in Europe, for the sake of international diversity. I think having a resume that shows an AA in America, a (double) BA in Japan, and a MA from a European school would stand out to the right kind of employer. I also have the feeling that a knowledge of EU policies and political structures might be useful.
I personally like the Diplomatische Akademie Wien, but I'm also a big fan of London School of Economics. I am also reliably informed that UK graduate degree programs are only a year long.
2. I don't want to pay for too much, if any, of this. I'm already leaping through crazy hoops and going into crazy debt just to go to school in Tokyo. DAW is a great school, but they aren't part of the FAFSA program, so financial aid (unless I can pull off a Fulbright) might be tricky.
Oh well, I've got some time to ponder this. The real issue is that, owing to a horrible lack of money, I've spent the last few weeks wandering around Kawasaki and Yokohama on foot, thinking a LOT about this stuff. Mike is in Seattle, so bouncing things off of him is not always feasible, and my Kyoto chums have either moved on or are in Kyoto.
Plus, nobody really knows what I'm on about most of the time, largely because I don't know what I'm on about. It's like the only instrument on my cluster is a set of traffic lights: I know when I'm going in the right direction, when I'm veering off course, and when to stop. But God help me if I tried to use that as a GPS.
See? That's the sort of thing I'm talking about. That sentence probably only made sense to me. Jesus.
For what it's worth, I'm on the right path. The money issues will sort themselves out, and lots of other things will fall into place, the way they always do. I had things sorted pretty well at my last college, just in time for me to finish there and move on, so I'm sure everything will eventually be fine here.