09 Nov Investing in Yourself
I’ve said in the past that I don’t really want to go back to school. And that still rings true, but I know that in order to do what I really want to do I have to go back and further my education. So, that’s why I’ve recently started applying to different programs in the area. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love school. I always have, and I probably always will, but there’s just one aspect of it that I happen to hate with a burning passion, and that just so happens to be the cost of obtaining a higher education.
One of the main reasons I went to London for my first Master’s degree was because it was so cheap. I spent a fifth of what my sister spent on hers, and I was more than happy with that fact. Now, that I’m staying in The States to get my second advanced degree I’ll have to pay US prices in order to get that piece of paper that I need so much. I wish that this wasn’t the case, but it’s something that I’ve come to accept about the American education system. And if this was a post about politics then I would happily go on a rant about how wrong this is, but it’s not, so I’ll get back to the topic at hand.
I’ve known what I’ve wanted to do with my life and the type of education that I would need to make that happen for awhile now, but I’ve been avoiding doing it because I didn’t want to have to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars to make that happen. I went back and forth between deciding whether or not I was going to back to school for this particular degree for years because I didn’t want my student loan debt to reach six figures. Avoiding going back to school for this particular degree was even partly behind what motivated me to get my degree in my first Master’s. I had a background in research, so I figured that getting a degree that focused in psychology based research would inspire me to seek out a job where I could utilize that part of my background, but I ultimately wasn’t passionate enough about it to keep a job where I would be doing nothing but research. Once I came back to America and got my first job in research, I knew for sure that that wasn’t what I wanted to do. And if I was being honest with myself, I knew that I wouldn’t like that job even before I applied to it. I knew this fact even while I was still working on my first degree. More times than not, I would find myself looking at jobs in the field where I really wanted to be. Ultimately, my head was in one place, but my heart was in someplace else.
After that research job, I found myself working in a field that was adjacent to where I actually wanted to be. While working at this job, I had the opportunity to talk to a couple of people who are in the field that I want to go into and after really taking a look at myself, I finally decided that going back to school was worth it. If I really wanted to be happy with my career then I couldn’t be afraid of investing in myself. Yes, it may cost me my soul, but that’s a small amount to part with in order for a bit of extra happiness in the here and now.
Positive thinker, invest in yourself. You have to believe that you’re worth that investment. It’s as simple as that. You may not have to take the approach that I’m doing where you have to invest money in order to achieve a certain goal that you want, but you should at least invest some time into bettering yourself. If you really want something then you can’t be afraid to put in the effort that you need to in order to make that dream become a reality. It’s true that it probably won’t be easy, but all of that blood, sweat, and tears (metaphorically speaking of course) will be a tiny price to pay when you end up where you want to be.
Don’t give up on yourself positive thinker. Know your worth. And make sure you’re living your life in such a way that allows you to take full advantage of all that you’re capable of!