Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Road Not Taken and Options

Yesterday I went to both the Open Days for UTS and USYD. It was pretty hectic and I unfortunately didn't have much time to ask questions about the degrees and now I am currently conflicted between two degrees. One is safe and standard the other is more risky and 'the road not taken'.

Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) at USYD
  • My parents approve
  • USYD and its beautiful campus
  • USYD has a great exchange program
  • I'm pretty interested in the courses
  • 4 years
  • Leaves me with options for when I graduate
  • It's not what I'm truly passionate about...
Bachelor of Design in Photography and Situated Media + Bachelor of Arts in International Studies at UTS
  • I looooove photography
  • I like the Director guy - he seems to want photographers who think 'outside of the box'
  • If I want to pursue photography as a career, I will have lots of connections
  • If I tried really hard, I could possibly get 99.75 ATAR and get the Vice Chancellor scholarship that's worth $12K per year
  • I'm not 100% sure if I want to be a photographer
  • 5 years with International Studies - it might be too long for me, especially if I want to do Post Grad in something else
  • UTS doesn't have a very good exchange program
  • My parents don't approve
What to do...

Besides Photographer, I'm also considering careers like Art Gallery Curator (Bachelor of PSM kinda relates to that) or starting my own business, selling creative products like photography accessories (B.Comm (Lib) is probably more useful for that).

I'm going to UNSW next weekend. Hopefully I won't be even more conflicted after that...

Also, I spent the week in country NSW on Band Tour. We went to towns like Wagga Wagga, Gundigai, Bathurst, Young and Katoomba. I will post about it later.


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  2. Your pros for commerce and lib studies sound pretty good to me, but if you're really passionate about photography then I think you should do that, because I reckon there are so many pathways to different careers and I really don't think what you study at university defines what job or career you'll end up with. I've met a lot of people who have careers that aren't entirely related to what they studied at uni.

    Also, as for exchange, I'm not 100% sure but I'm guessing the exchange program at USYD would be a lot more competitive, whereas it's part of the Int Studies course at UTS to study abroad, and they also pay for you to travel to the country ;)

    If you're talking about the quality of exchange programs in terms of partner universities, I think you would have an amazing experience regardless of what university you go to.

    Having said that... you could probably also study at USYD and do photography on the side pretty easily? :P

    This is a really long comment.