Been a while since the last post, hasn't it? I'm no good with keeping myself accountable to, well, most things, to be honest. Rest assured, I haven't given up on this space.
I figure I'l use the spare minutes I have now to give a little update on what's been going on since January. After all, a semester has transpired—a final semester, I must add, but more on that in a minute—and like the passing seasons since the last post, I've transitioned from one climate of life to another. Or at least, I'm in the midst of that transition.
School is done. For good. At least, this portion of it is. Pursuing a master's degree seems a mountainous and daunting task at this time; though, I don't doubt I'll start to miss school the further I float from it. For the time being, however, I'm done school.
What's a psychology degree good for again? you ask politely.
Oh, sorry! I studied philosophy, not psychology, I respond. (why I exclaim sorry here remains a mystery to even me, but it's too oft the case).
Oh, right! So what do you wanna do with a philosophy degree?
Convenient we just had that conversation there. Let me do my best to explain what's next (warning: what's next may not actually warrant or require said philosophy degree, but wave your hands in the air if you just don't care).
Re: the aforementioned question (what's a philosophy degree good for?), there are a plethora of good and practical answers (i.e., law, teaching, academic writing), but the one I chose to give whenever prompted was less so. Still, it's the answer I return to time and time again. Philosophy is less career building than it is character building, I'd say, confidence half-mustered, followed by, and that's what I aim to get out of this whole school business. But was it? I'm not sure. Though, I do believe that my repeated saying so gave me a growing confidence that it was a viable reason to pursue a degree anyways (despite what common sense seemed to dictate).
So philosophy builds character? Sure. I mean, being a student to any discipline does, I think. The idiosyncratic practices that belong to a philosophy degree are valuable, sure, but there is equivalent, if not greater value in the journey that leads a person from day one of a philosophy degree to day 1+x when the degree has been earned. The journey's more important than the destination is what I'm trying to say. The successes, failures and lessons learned along the way are more important than the philosophical skills earned by the end (e.g., being able to discern between necessary and sufficient properties (lol if you know, you know)). These successes, failures and lessons build character. And in my particular case, they helped me in this seemingly life long quest to discover myself too—even if only marginally.
So to finally answer the previously posed question about this seemingly useless psyc—no, philosophy degree... a philosophy degree is good for building character. In the same way an anthropology degree has the potential to be. Or a biology degree. Not to mention the plethora of knowledge you'll have about the enlightenment period, existentialism and logical sequencing (all fantastic party tools when used in good taste, of course). So what is next for me? I don't know, to be honest. But I suspect it'll include more character building and self-exploration along the way.
Oh, and also a trip to Japan. But more on that (edit-undo: another 6 months from now) soon.