Letters from the Edge-itor

Jasmine Kirk | Editor in Chief


These last few weeks, I’ve been contemplating the value of my degree at UNBC. After spending thousands of dollars, procrastinating on assignments until the stress made me sick, trying to balance working a part time job, attending class, completing readings, and somewhere, in all of it, building meaningful post-secondary relationships, how much value do I take from my degree? The fact that I obtained a degree in the arts certainly makes me less employable than my scientific colleagues, but would I have been better off taking a degree that I hated, in order to guarantee myself a job upon completion?

I think it depends on whom you ask. I knew, when I began my degree, that it would be considered a waste of time to many. I never begrudged people who asked me, “What are you going to do with that when you’re done?” I smiled politely, and explained that I had some ideas, but that I wasn’t really sure. I went into the arts because I loved them, not because of the target at the end.

I’ll be the last to say I obtained my full-time job as a direct result of my degree. However, I will say that having a degree has allowed me to explore a career path and career options that I would not have had available to me otherwise. This would probably be true in any degree I take. Having an arts degree from a small university has certainly granted me with practical knowledge about my subject; more importantly, it has given me an experiential understanding of the world around me, and has taught me to think critically. Certainly, throughout my time at UNBC, I questioned the purpose of higher education and the overall system of which I was a part, but I also learned about the consequences that each one of our decisions makes to the world. Hopefully, you take similar lessons away from your own degrees, and get some good stories out of the experience as well.