"writers don't make money."
"that's your major?"
"are you dumb?"
"you're never going to get a job."
Writers don not typically make a lot of money, unless their famous (which takes more time to become than most are willing to wait). But, writing is my passion and therefore is my major and I have to do what makes me happy, not what makes me money. Being told that I am never going to get a job, over and over again is not encouraging. Honestly, its rather demeaning. Just because its a difficult time does not mean an I an unemployable.
However, the grammar and syntax in an article putting down writers is appalling. While not everyone wants to be a writer as their career, everyone has the obligation to speak and write their native language, and any other language they speak "fluently", properly.
Regarding graduate school, my ideal situation would to be accepted into the 4+1 program from writing arts here at Rowan. I am determined to get my master's degree in writing arts along with several other degrees in order to make myself as employable as possible.
While I'm not dead set on Rowan based on the program, I am because I'm familiar with the campus, departments, professors, my peers, I already know I can afford it and its close enough to home that I can go home if I want to.
Unfortunately, choosing a graduate school is more difficult that choosing an undergraduate school. Undergrad is based upon location, tuition and campus, graduate school is based upon a your specific viewpoint as an individual and what career you want and what you want out of a graduate program.
After surviving graduate school I am going to be sling-shot into the real world with tens or thousands of dollars in student loan debt, probably without a home or car that my parents don't pay for and right off the bat I'm expected to get a job that pays enough for me to support myself.
Careers for writers don't appear in the wanted ads, they need to be found and they can be found almost anywhere.
When switching my major to writing arts, I was not thinking that with this major could lead me to a career in editing or publishing, I suppose I just was not thinking about those careers from a writer's point of view. Being new to this major and field (because before writing wasn't a "field", it was a "hobby") I've never really considered the careers involved.
Recently, I created the ideal educational and career path as a goal for myself.
Currently, I am a writing arts major with a minor in political science.
Once I get my political science minor on track, I hope to pick up another minor in sociology and possibly a concentration in creative writing.
I hope to get into the 4+1 program for writing arts here at Rowan, which would lead me to receive my master's degree in writing arts in only 5 years.
After which I would like to start working with non-profit organizations while working towards an associate degree in political science.
After finishing the associate degree I want to get my teacher's certification in secondary education.
Work towards a bachelor degree in sociology.
Write campaign speeches.
Become high school English teacher.
While teaching, work towards a PhD in sociology.
I made this plan at the beginning of this year, its obviously subject to change, but I like keeping goals.