Originally Posted by SecretMillionaire
If everything worked out for you, where would you be?
I have so many interests, so I'm really not sure. I thought Latin American Studies Professor because I absolutely love Latin culture and languages and I tend to get along well with Hispanics. In fact my best friend is Puerto Rican. But professors don't get to choose where they live and I love my city and plus it's a highly social situation.
I guess if everything worked out, I would be the Director of a non-profit focusing on Latin America, using Spanish and Portuguese, writing, editing, proofreading, some clerical stuff like faxes and photocopying. I like non-profits because I'm drawn to causes but I prefer to contribute to society indirectly. Plus there's no dress code so I can wear my crunchy gear
. I'm also interested in women's rights but that's a sore spot.
Another thing within my reach is Executive Assistant (maybe for a Fortune 500). They make more than my therapist makes and they don't have to go beyond a Bachelors. I don't have to be deeply connected to the people like I would have to be as a therapist/social worker or a professor. The only thing I don't like is business casual. But I also don't like the title because it sounds like "secretary."
I would never be a teacher. I would get stepped on everyday for little pay. The only good thing is the long vacations, that's amazing, but that's not why people become teachers.
Social work is out. 40K with 70K debt?? Having people curse me out to my face and having to turn around and help them again. Some (not all, some) of them don't want to improve, they're just on their pity-pot week after week, which leads to burnout and losing empathy.
I'm somewhat interested in Economics but it seems a bit dry.
Harvard or Columbia lawyer (human rights law? international law? lawyer for a non-profit?) would be amazing. But I only had a 3.4 GPA. Another thing is you have to network while in school and networking is fake and slimy.
Careers aside: I would have my own apartment near a train station and a car so I could listen to rock music on the way to work and not have to leave an hour and a half early, but 30 minutes early, although sometimes I prefer to read on the train. I'm really close to my mom and feel like I have plenty enough privacy. We also live in one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the country and we live five minutes from a train station. My mom wants me to stay at home so I can build up a six-figure savings account. (Isn't that so nice??) Plus I don't want to leave her lonely and burdened by my grandmother. So that's in the future, after my grandmother is no longer with us.
Maybe I would have a Caucasian boyfriend because we tend to have more in common and I find them very good looking. But I'm still attached to the swinger parties once in a while and the occasional foray to a strip club. So I don't know if I'm ready for that. I wouldn't mind being alone either, which is probably what's gonna happen. I figure my mom is alone (divorced) and my grandmother is alone (widowed) so eventually women end up being alone.