Why Grad School – A Personal Stance

Hello all! Savannah here!

I kind of went into this a little in my first post Why Gerontology – A Personal Stance but, I want to kind of explain why I made the decision to go to grad school. This explanation comes from a lot of points and reasoning, but the major reason for this post is that you don’t need a degree to work with the elderly (you probably knew that but ya know, gotta put info in for ~quality~).

A common response that I’m told when I tell people I am enrolled in grad school (and by common, I mean CONSTANT) is “why would you waste your money and time on grad school.” This response is interesting in that its true. It can sometimes be an ignorant question, but it is an important one. At times, I still ask myself this very same question. To be fair, I am going to a smaller and thus cheaper grad school.

But that doesn’t change the fact that I am spending more on an added degree. But the major reason I chose grad school over per say, going straight to a job after my bachelors would be that I want to work in a hospital setting. More specifically, I want to obtain my clinical license and work in a hospital with the elderly directly. This is my goal for getting this degree.

That’s my answer, short and sweet. But let’s extend this idea further for fun! (I know, I know, may not be fun but we can ~think~) SO, past my own ambitions, why would anyone go to grad school? The answer is nearly the same for all of us who go but our ambitions and reasoning for it changes. You see, I found my passion working with the elderly and do not necessarily HAVE TO HAVE a graduate degree. But the extent to which I want to work with the elderly does determine my reasoning to work with the elderly.

The reasons I want to continue my work with the elderly into grad school are:

  1. I love to see the happiness the residents have when they have someone to talk to.
  2. Often times the elderly are ignored and do not receive the attention and care they need.
  3. Depression is common in the elderly, especially those who live in retirement homes.

I could go on and on about why I’m doing grad school but those are just three reasons. I imagine many others who decide grad school is for them have to weigh their options like I did. I had to choose between my passion and something that I cared less about. I care more about the health, mental and physical, of the elderly than anything else. And before you say it, because you might, no. No. And no. I did not want to be a nurse. I don’t know why but this is a common response that I get whenever I talk about why I went to grad school for Gerontology. No offense to nurses, y’all are great, but nursing is not for me as a person (also I’m just terrible at math and science, whoops).

Now that I’m off my nursing rant, I guess the point I’m making is, just because grad school is worth it for me does not mean it will be worth it for you. Just because grad school costs a lot of money does not mean that it is not worth it. It is one step in your journey. Not everyone has grad school as a step in their journey and that is okay.

This is your journey not anyone else’s.

This is your journey.

Thank you for reading! Comment down below if you think I should make this “A Personal Stance” a series! Would you go to grad school, why or why not?

What is Mental Illness

Hello all!

What is mental illness?

What comes to mind when you think about mental illness? Do you imagine someone who has hallucinations? Though that can be an idea associated with mental illness. Did you imagine someone normal? Chances are that you only imagined the worst part of mental illness, and that’s normal.

It’s normal to imagine the stereotype as that is often what the media shows. Someone ripping out their hair out of stress. But I will ask this again, what is mental illness? You see, we could ask ourselves this question repeatedly and yet, our answer will not change. Our answer will remain stagnant. This stagnant answer comes from the fact that most mental illness is silent.

Mental illness is often silent. It is not always obvious. It is not always someone screaming for help, at least not outwardly.

You see, mental illness is not directly definable because no one definition can define every mental illness entirely.

Anxiety can be silent.

Depression can be silent.

Panic Attacks can be silent.

Silence. That is what mental illness can be. It can happen to anyone anytime and sometimes, you’ll never even notice. Sometimes the mental illness will be debilitating on the person and yet they’ll smile and say “I’m okay.” “I’m okay” can sometimes be the lie of the century. Consider this. Consider what mental illness truly is.

What is mental illness?

I wanted to write this post to attempt (key word: attempt) to explain how stereotyping affects the stigma of mental illness. Thank you for reading this baby rant!

Comment below, what do you believe mental illness is? Do you believe there is one definition for it?

Why Major in English – 5 Reasons

Hello all! Happy Monday!

Savannah here! Today I wanted to talk about something close to my heart. A question I have heard often and far too many times.

“Why would you major in English?”

This question is funny because I have never been able to give a straight answer. Not because I didn’t have any answers, but because I didn’t just have one. English is a degree not often thought of. When we think of stereotypes, the one for English is always “the easy degree” or “the nerd’s degree.” But why else would you major in such a simple thing as English.

Well, in this post today, I will be giving you five reasons why you could or should major in English!

Reason 1

My first reason and perhaps the major influence in my own decision to get an English degree, the content is applicable! No, I am not just talking about “oh, you could learn to be a better writer,” and while that can be a reason an English major is good, I am referring to how English is a good entry level degree.

English is a good degree for if you are considering grad or law school. If you look at the features you learn to utilize in an English degree, this becomes obvious. The key characteristic of the degree is learning to analyze a text. Yes, the text may be a fictional novel; however, learning to analyze and comprehend difficult texts comes in handy later down the line if you are considering to continue your education.

Reason 2

Don’t be too harsh now. I am going to relay an obvious reason you could get an English degree. *sigh* You could work for a publisher. BUT this is not the only job you can go into (though it seems to be a preferred job and one that is usually only located in larger cities like New York). Other job options include:

  1. Copywriter
  2. Grant Writer
  3. Editor
  4. Technical Writer
  5. Public Relations Specialist
  6. Content Manager
  7. Human Resources Specialist
  8. Social Media Coordinator
  9. Marketing Coordinator
  10. Journalist

These job options are some of a long list. It is often a major misconception that all you can do with an English degree is teach. In all reality, it is a degree that teaches you proper grammar and how to sell something. As well, all of the jobs listed above only require a bachelors degree (though, just saying, you could get a Masters and become a Librarian and yes, you do need a Masters to be one).

Reason 3

This particular reason actually falls in with a common misconception about getting an English degree. This reason is that you can travel abroad and become an English teacher in a foreign country.

Before we all say it. Yes, I did just address the stereotype that everyone who studies English becomes a teacher. Although that is not always the case, this reason may be a silver lining for someone who wants to teach. Maybe you want to try something new or experience something different than the usual mishap, everyday American life. Can’t say I blame you.

If you are looking for a new experience that is unique, this may be for you. The best part about this option is that you can travel but you can also have a job to come back home to!

Reason 4

You are not tied down to one profession for your entire life. Yes, yes, and yes. This reason does mimic the second reason in some ways. However, this portion is its own category because it shows how different majors are tied to one job description but with English, you do have the chance to move around.

Take Accounting as an example. Accounting is just as the name says. You are tied to a job involving math; whether you are working in a Tax Office or a Business Office, you are tied to some form or another of math.

Take Marketing as an example. Marketing is tied to the idea of selling something. They could be selling an idea or a product, regardless, marketing is about selling.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not attempting to bash any other majors because all degrees hold their own value. The good part about these two degrees is that you know what job you will be tied to while English is up in the air about what job you will get. However, this is a good thing if you are looking for variety within your degree. If you want to be able to work in different job markets, English may be for you. If you like change, English may be for you in this aspect.

Reason 5

The fifth and final reason that you could major in English would be that you can become a writer. WOW WHAT A CONCEPT! Jokes aside, you do not need a degree in English to become a writer.

But when I say writer, what do you think? Do you imagine sitting at a computer all day writing?

What if I said that wasn’t what I meant by the idea that you can become a writer?

What I meant by saying you could become was writer was in a professional skill sense. Not just a writer who writes books, but a writer who could write anything given the chance. Majoring in English allows you to learn how to write anything and this is one of many reasons that English majors have fluidity in their professions. The skills learned in writing classes are very marketable.

Conclusion

Whether you came to this post to learn more about the English major for yourself or to understand why this particular major is necessary, I hope you are leaving with something. I hope that I was able to shed more light on what makes the English major different and valuable.

Thank you for reading! Tell me below what you are majoring/majored in! How does your major compare or what is valuable about your own major?

What Classes am I Taking – Fall 2020

Hello all!

Savannah here! Today I am going to be telling you a little more about what classes I am in currently and what my situation is given the pandemic.

To begin, my college did not go online, as many other colleges I’m sure haven’t as well. Before last month, I was supposed to go to my college for only one class. One class. Drive 50 minutes for one class. I couldn’t convince myself to take that drive for just one class. As well, I work with a vulnerable population and was not comfortable with potientially bringing the virus home.

As such, I sent my college an email to see if there was anything they could do to allow me to stay home and do online classes completely. It was worth a shot; a long shot, but a shot nonetheless.

20 emails later, my request was accepted and I moved to online classes. But this also meant I was to do dual enrollment to complete my Bachelors and begin my Masters at the same time.

I can’t say I was prepared to begin grad school. Not even a little.

But here I am two weeks into school and struggling but thriving knowing how I will complete my education sooner than expected. Though I could go into more detail, I will leave it at that!

Here is my class list!

  1. Introduction to Graduate Studies
  2. Aging in Society
  3. English Grammar
  4. Stress Management (gotta love them filler classes!)

That’s all folks! Thank you for reading!

Comment down below what your opinions are about the pandemic and going back to school. Would you go back or send your children back to school given the current climate of the pandemic?

Why Gerontology? – A Personal Stance

Hello all!

Savannah here! I wanted to take a little time to explain my background and why I choose to study Gerontology.

At the age of 16 (I’m 21 now, oh how the time flies), I began working at a little independent living retirement home in my hometown. Really I just wanted some spending money to waste on stuff I didn’t need, ya know, typically teenage nonsense at its finest. I was scared to work there at first, sure I wanted money, but I also had never been around the elderly. I never had the chance to learn more about such a large population.

So there I was. A naive girl determined to find a better paying job the instance I was old enough. The “plan” was to leave that job sooner than later.

Clearly that did not occur. As of this moment in time, I have worked in that very same retirement home for over four years and love it. In all honesty, even up until a year ago I was unsure as to if I really wanted to get my Masters in Gerontology. Truthfully, I wanted to graduate with my Bachelors in English and go work somewhere and leave it at that. But then on one random night at work, I started thinking. I began to realize that I couldn’t imagine myself working with any other population.

Unfortunately, the elderly are not cared for as they should. Working in a retirement home has taught me that much. The family members either don’t have the time to visit or are afraid to watch their family member go downhill. It is a sad truth of working in the industry. But it helped me in my decision.

No matter what happens in our lives, we all find our one true passion.

This is my passion. This is my story.

Who Am I?

Hello all!

My name is Savannah and I want to personally welcome you to my blog!

I know. I know. You randomly found this page. What should you care about my blog when there are millions of other blogs to care for. Well, I don’t have a straight answer for that. What a concept.

Jokes aside, here are a few fun facts about me!

  1. I have two beautiful Australian Shepherd mixed pups that make my day! They are the sweetest and are kind of like therapy dogs for me! Their names are Luna and Nova and they are the literal sweetest!
  2. I work with the elderly on a full time distance and cannot imagine doing anything else.
  3. I am 21 and currently working on my Masters in Gerontology.
  4. I am a Christian (non-denominational!!) and have kind of had a rocky path with my faith! But I do not allow my path to define me.
  5. My favorite shows are Grey’s Anatomy, Supernatural, The Rookie, and more! I am the worst at picking favorites.
  6. I used to run a little book reviewing blog when I was 15.
  7. I grew up poor which was not the best thing to ever happen to me, though it taught me about the value of money and to work hard when you have a goal you want to achieve.
  8. Math and science are not my strong suit! I have always been a better writer than anything.
  9. I grew up in Kansas! No, I am not from the country. No, this is not farm-town USA. Really though, I love Kansas even with all of its fun little stereotypes!
  10. Finally, I love all different kinds of music except metal, rock, and rap (maybe I’m a little picky).

Those are just some little fun facts about me!

Thank you for reading and being a part of this blog! Have a good day!