going back to school

by ryan

I recently got accepted to Columbia College, and I’m thinking about majoring in playwriting with some screenwriting mixed in.  They have semester in L.A. program that seems kind of neat. 

I’m not sure if I am going back to school, but I’m going through the motions to.  I think Columbia might take a lot of my credits from my previous four schools, and I’d love to just take writing courses aimed at my major.

I’ve wanted to write for film, and more recently stage as well, for  years, but for some reason make up excuses not to pursue it or I let other interests (improv/performing) halt my desire to do this.  I think my greatest chance at making a living for the rest of my life is through writing.

My question to you is two fold:

A) If you could go back to school now, and cost was not an issue, what would you study?

B) What’s your ideal profession/job/career path?

  1. jorin Says:

    A) I think probably design. But, no, my design classes were a super mixed bag. Some of them were very frustrating, and I’m happy where I am as designer as achieved through life experience. So, hm. I think probably more computer stuff. It’s something formal I can exercise my brain on, and there’s set benchmarks. Although I would like to read more. NO, I know: music. I would go for music.

    B) Well, I’m pretty fascinated by expressive pursuits. I hesitate to say art, but if I could somehow make a living as a modern renaissance man designing, writing music, doing improv, + teaching, along with some computer work, that would be ideal. So I’m kind of doing that now. But not to high profit. Or the right balance.

  2. rob Says:

    A).  If cost wasn’t an issue, I wouldn’t mind getting an MFA.  What would I do with it?  No idea, but then again I got my bachelor’s degree and had no idea what to do with it (still don’t).  That is why option #2, as boring as it sounds, would be a more practical MBA.  I don’t know if I would have the discipline for it, but I know in the long run it would probably benefit…ah who am I kidding.  I would go for the MFA, my future be damned.

    B).  I don’t really know.  I’ve been asking myself the same question for years.

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