Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Europe and me

I'm sorry I wasn't around this weekend.. I had an my midterms on European Economics and I was burning the midnight oil last weekend.

I saw my sociology professor today. He was my professor a few trimesters ago. I greeted him and he asked how I am, he said I looked really happy and asked about my subjects.

Sociology prof (SP): Oh Kamusta? Mukhang masaya ka a. Ok ba mga subjects mo? (Oh How are you? You look happy. Doing well on your subjects?)
Me: Well, na-inlove ata ako sa course ko e! (Well, I think I fell in love with my course!)
SP: Really, that's great! Enjoy it while you can!

I don't know if the last line was sarcastic, mocking, ironic or what but I realized that it doesn't really matter. While I was studying for my exam for European Economics, I felt quite stressed with the pile of readings. It was about EU institutions, EU law, EU budget and spending, EU this and EU that, but you know what? Despite all of that stress, I actually kind of loved it. I felt tired but not burdened. I feel like I'm really doing what I want, like it was for me.

Most of people I know during my first year of college, shifted from European Studies to American Studies, Psychology, and and other courses. There were a lot of qualifications in the International Studies Department before you can major in European Studies. It was very competitive and as we all know, Europe and the EU is very diverse and complex. International Relations is not a glamorous field, don't even expect a glamorous job because when you're out there, there would be times that you would have to fight tooth and nail for a certain policy that even you are sceptical about. You would have to do it because its your job as a diplomat, and as a representative. So before you get a job, always read the company, the organization, or the institution's vision and mission. So that there would be little possibility for you to defend or lobby for a policy you do not agree in.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

im rounding up for my campus interview and this is exactly what Ive been told often - to know the company better and make them feel that you know and agree with their policies.
i found it a bit funny coz there are many companies coming to our college and we hav to do this to all of them.. if its not stupidness what do we call it?

AMAL BOSE B.S said...

im rounding up for my campus interview and this is exactly what Ive been told often - to know the company better and make them feel that you know and agree with their policies.
i found it a bit funny coz there are many companies coming to our college and we hav to do this to all of them.. if its not stupidness what do we call it?

HalfCrazy said...

Well I hope you emerge victorious from the EU field. I shifted from Computer Science to Psychology because I just can't take it anymore.

Paige said...

amal bose: well that's how things go especially if we're employed by a company

halfcrazy: thanks

StillThinking said...

It's good to know that you love what you are studying. You need to have passion for your field. Life is too short to spend it miserable in the pursuit of money. I have to admit, I always had a degree of ambivalence when I was in Architecture school. It was only once I was in the field, that I realized that it really was my calling. I think you are a step ahead by realizing where you belong.

CLAY said...

"You would have to do it because its your job as a diplomat, and as a representative."--oh, how the reality splits itself from the fantasy--Bravo to you for your choice of a discipline.

purwaka said...

cute :D

Paige said...

stillthinking: you know, at first, I was also in doubt because a lot of people are shifting to some other course but I'm glad I did not follow the bandwagon!

clay: lol, thanks clay

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