College cost a lot, obviously. Seriously though, it cost a lot. I have loans upon loans. I am in debt, and it will continue to grow as I stay in college. My major is one which is fairly versatile, so long as I actually become fluent in Arabic and an expert on Middle Eastern culture. Which, will require me to spend a lot of time over there (more money). Then consider what my choice career(s) would be after I graduate: non-profit work in the Middle East, teaching English, travel writer/photographer, maybe even do the Peace Corps. if they extend their area to the Middle East (they were in Jordan) - essentially I want something that gives me a lot of freedom, the ability to travel and I don't really care if I make a ton of money or not. I simply want to enough money to live a fairly nomadic life, a simple one with lots of traveling.
Let's go back to the part about college costing a lot. Remember, it costs a lot. With my choices stated above in mind, and the fact that I will be required to pay my student loans off, it seems unlikely I'll be able to deal with all of this. Not to mention the fact that I am going to have to take out even more private loans to cover the cost of studying abroad now.... This all leads me to the question: What do I do after college?
Do I follow my dreams? Do I sell out?
The easy (what I feel would be almost dirty) way would be for me to sell out. Work for the government, a large corporation. It makes me feel uneasy just thinking about that. I could join the military after college. That is something I always thought about doing before college. It provides a steady income, free room and board, and I get to travel the world. Now, though, after learning what I have learned....that too seems like something I would hate. I know that I could excel in the military. I do well in structured, organized settings. Sure, everyone thinks I have a problem with authority or something like that, but I really don't. I don't know how to explain it. Sure, I tend not to listen to people, but I know limits, I know how far I can push them. I don't know what I will do, I don't know what to do now.