Arts Degree a waste of time? – So with the leaving results out and the week of hell lingering for leaving certificate students until the CAO Results are out, I wanted to touch base on my own personal college journey and why I picked to do a general arts degree in the University of Limerick. With some of my fashion posts I’d like to start accompanying it with chit chat on more personal topics, so I hope you lovelies enjoy.
During my leaving certificate I was completely lost as to what I wanted to do when I left. Between going to different guidance counselors and listening to what my friends were all deciding to do, I had never felt so unsure on what to do in my life. What I did know was that I wanted to go to college and get a good honorable degree. Honestly, at eighteen who on earth knows what they want to do for the rest of their life? Actually, correction… Who EVER knows what they want to do for the rest of their lives?!
Up until the final day of being able to change my CAO, I did. In the end I decided to go down the route of doing a general arts degree simply because to me it was the smartest option when at the time there wasn’t a set career path I wanted to go down.
But when picking the arts degree I got the usual “Is that even a degree?”,”What will you be when you finish though?” and “Arts is a waste of time” left, right and centre. So why is it that those who choose an arts degree get so bashed?! Honestly, I don’t have the answer. The degree itself is composed of trying out all the arts programs available to you in the college in first year and narrowing it down to two going into second year. The two that you pick is what you’ll get your degree in at the end of your fours years of college.
Yes, it’s general. Yes, you won’t have any specific title or career afterwards. But, what you will have is an amazing well rounded degree and a hell of a lot of experience (depending on what work placement option you go for). Any degree shows great potential in a person as they are able to adhere to deadlines, interact with people, work in teams and so many other great qualities!
To me, an arts degree is an amazing option for those who really don’t know what they want to do in life. It’ll give you four extra years to figure out a little better the direction you want to go in. In the University of Limerick I’ve had the opportunity to go on six month work placement (which I can’t recommend enough) and I’m soon to head off to France. Where else are you going to chance to do things like that?!
So for all you lovelies out there facing starting college and are still unsure of what you want to do, give arts a go! It’s not for everyone and like anything in life you probably will question if you’re doing the right thing every now and again. In the long run, you’ll come out with an amazing degree and a clearer idea of what you want to do! It’s after college you should fear the most, not after the leaving haha. Best of luck to everyone in Ireland (including my baby brother) with the results & I hope I somewhat helped those who are thinking of doing an arts degree! I’ve linked all my outfit detail below as always, till next time loves.
Photographer – Siobhan Gleeson-Hayes, @Simply Photography
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All my love,