William Matheson (nova_one) wrote,
William Matheson

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choices, choices

Okay, I think I'll finally share with everyone the uncertainty that currently plagues me. Your comments would be much appreciated. In return, I wish you a boring, predictable path ahead. And if you don't want that, then I wish you to wish one for me. =)

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design - Bachelor of Fine Arts, Film Major

+ The prestige of a(nother) University degree, from a world-renowned art school.
+ Artsy girls a-plenty.
+ Might be a haven for really bright misfits.
+ Can learn photography and drawing along the way.
+ Potential to discover a brand new art-related interest.
+ Did I mention artsy girls?
+ Would help me develop the right side of my brain.

- Takes a lot of money and time.
- A lot of time is spent outside the film area, which is where I really wanted to be. It's time well spent, but...
- Simply put, we have too many universities. The highest concentration in North America, in fact. Metro Halifax has five, Nova Scotia as a whole has ten, yet British Columbia has but four. Hell, even Prince Edward Island has a university! As a result, our vocational schools, private colleges, community colleges, and university colleges are neglected, not so much in terms of funding but by the potential students. So, then, why should I contribute further to this problem?
- Most famous filmmakers don't have film degrees per se, anyway. Except actors, because they're actually not filmmakers, nor are they actually human. Sarah Michelle Gellar decends from the Gel-ar-ep-ti family of ectomorphic pentapeds that inhabit the area near Olympus Mons on Mars. I don't even want to talk about Ben Afflek. He's not even from our galaxy.

Nova Scotia Community College - Screen Arts Diploma

+ I do what I want to do right away.
+ Quicker and cheaper.
+ I'll get to learn left-brain stuff like producing and editing.
+ There's no application deadline this year! With a good portfolio, which I've already started working on for NSCAD's benefit, I could swing into this.

- Quicker, easier, more seductive. Sounds like the Dark Side of the Force.
- Might not help me develop the right side of my brain.
- Not as prestigious as a university degree. May not even be recognized in certain settings.
- Where are the artsy girls?

Saint Mary's University - Honours Equivalency in English

+ I know the drill, and that I'm capable of doing this.
+ Relatively quick.
+ Paves the way for graduate school.
+ Would help make me a respectable literary type.
+ Literary girls, maybe.
+ This is what Dr. B wants me to do.
+ I'd get to read some fantastic books.

- Been there, done that, didn't get the t-shirt because it was too damn expensive, but you get the idea.
- I'm not really all that interested in graduate school. I only majored in English because I wanted to do creative writing, and I find even that too lonely to pursue.
- Blah. Blah blah blah blah blah. I really, truly, have difficulty seeing myself being happy here.

* * *

So, yeah, there are a lot of options open, and I should be happy about this. But on the other hand, choice can be paralyzing.

Should I flip a coin?

I was going to register for summer courses at NSCAD tomorrow, but tonight I had... I was going to say "I had second thoughts again," but that makes no sense. Tonight, I had sixteenth thoughts.

Here's a nice thing: I have a breakfast date with Katie tomorrow morning. So, with that, I'm off to bed!

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