Dear Capitalist America,
I have a Master’s degree in counseling. How I got here is a long story. I graduated from high school an “average” student and proceeded to attend the University of Texas at El Paso. I received a BA in Psychology, with honors. I completed a senior honor’s thesis and had a GPA that was high enough to get “Cum Laude” stamped onto my actual diploma. These credentials were meaningful and helpful when I decided to apply for graduate school at New Mexico State University. I completed a “rigorous” program and it took 2 years. I graduated with some good counseling experience under my belt, with a 4.0 GPA, and an “Outstanding Student” award. I got hired for my first therapy job before I graduated with the help of my 11 page resume. You could say I did all the right things.
Then, after 11 months of working pretty damn hard, I got laid off. The funding for the program I worked for got cut off by the city. We had an %83 success rate, but probation decided that the way they’ve been doing things the past 30 years was better. So, I needed to relocate….back to my parents’ house. It’s been difficult going from independent to….well, dependent. I want to work. I don’t want to be at home. I want to help suffering people. I want to show the world that mental health is valuable.
So, why is there such a high job market for sales, finance, engineering, computer science? I logically understand that we need these things because it’s how our world turns. Without money and people to handle it, the economy would stop working (at least for some). Without engineers we would not have good working shit in our world like roads, buildings, computers, and cars. If there were no computer science kids, I wouldn’t be able to write this blog or waste time on Facebook. So I understand. BUT, let me present a scenario: if there were no electricity, money, or there were some sort of national disaster…wouldn’t humanity be more important? I’m sure there would be many people assigned to turning power back on and all that, but who would be that friendly face keeping people from panic? Me.
I would. I came to the counseling world with the intention of being self-less and contributing to humanity. If not, I would have been a chef. I sometimes think that I should just drop this whole bag of crap and become a pastry chef. It’s so simple, compared to the intensity of dealing with suffering human beings. There’s no crazy internship process where people want you to “fix” them while no effort is placed on their end. The mounds of student loans and the salary for a counselor….oh, don’t even get me started.
All I can say is, it’s hard to be optimistic little me when things are hard. I hope that God places me in the career he wants me to be in. I still have some hope in humanity and hope in my dreams.