What To Study?

Well, I’ve been looking at my transcripts a lot lately, as I’ve been preparing my submissions package for this promotion process that’s been going on at work. You know, my academic standing wasn’t as great as I thought it was—my music courses, especially my theory courses, dragged down my mark, as did the saxophone performance courses I took, and which I can’t understand having bothered taking, with all the hindsight I have now.

But anyway, I’ve lately been thinking of studying more. I mean, I’m always kind of studying things, I know. But the more I live, the more I see what our world is going through as a fight between science, rationality, and environmental/civic responsibility on the one hand, and rampant capitalism, corporatism, irrationality, and environmental and social irresponsibility on the other hand.

I don’t know that I’m smart enough to make much difference on the side I think is more important, but I would like to try. So I have been thinking of devoting time to some scientific area which I could adapt to well. Something to do with environmental studies, perhaps, or perhaps green design. It means little to say that I want to get into an area where I can do something that’s important to the central struggle for humanity right now, because really I suppose there’s a huge range of areas. One person I know who’s studied fish agriculture talked about the opportunities to work in development projects all over the world, for example.

So anyway, I’m starting to think. At the very least, it seems to me, studies by correspondence are a sensible thing to do while I am working the job I am: according to Korean tax law, I would get most of the tuition (maybe 60% or more) back in the form of tax deduction, and I have lots of time to devote to my studies, too. So it’s a very good idea. Perhaps I shall focus on that soon.

But before I do, I need to try narrow it to a field that I can (a) really engage with and use someday, and (b) find a field that will accept me despite my lack of basic University \-level science education—the only science courses I have are computer science and one rocks-for-jocks Geology course.

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