Time to stop making fun of my Master's Degree--and it starts with me.
For those who don't know, I have my Master's of Art in Women's & Gender Studies from DePaul University. I graduated in 2010 with this degree, and ever since then, I have laughed along with people who have made jokes about it.
Many people don't know what it is, or they do, but they think it's stupid. Because of this, I have acted somewhat insecure when discussing my degree with others. It's a pain in the ass.
The truth is, I LOVE that my Master's is in the field of Women's & Gender Studies--I wouldn't change it for anything. I don't regret the large sum of loan money I'll be paying back. So why is it easier for me to joke along with others as opposed to staying strong in my truth? It's my insecurity, I'm sure.
This is usually how the conversation goes:
Person: So, what did you major in?
Me: Women's & Gender Studies
Person: *silence* Oh.
Me: Yeah, haha, not sure how I'll get a job with that! Ha!
Then a piece of me dies.
Ok, some of this is true--it's definitely difficult to get a job in this field, but it is in any field right now, really. The economy is shit. But so what? Does that mean I need to act like I regret this degree when I certainly don't at all? No.
People should respect this degree, and they should respect me. If they don't, fuck them. I don't need to waste my time.
I know the truth. Women's & Gender Studies is fabulous, and it saved me in a lot of ways. It made me realize that I wasn't "crazy." People should be so lucky to find something in academia that makes them feel the same way.
From now on, I promise to talk with PRIDE about my degree. I promise NOT to give in to people's awkwardness about it.
It starts with me.