Thoughts from the Week.
Here's the honest truth. I have exactly zero desire to pursue any sort of graduate degree.
My roommates tend to gawk whenever I say that, but it's true.
I've thought about it a lot, and I just don't.
The main reason is this: I want to graduate, work while my husband finishes his graduate degree, and start a family. When that first child arrives, I want to stay home. That's all. I've never dreamed of having a big career and then starting a family or of having a career and having a family. I've only ever wanted to graduate with a degree and have a family that I'm with 24/7. I know that this irks a lot of women who feel that it's wrong to be so confined, but I don't understand why we all can't have our own separate goals. Sure, my roommates may want to go to law school, or get their masters, but I don't. I feel so amazed by women who can balance work and family life but I think it's alright that I don't want to do that. It is hard, at times, to stick to what I've always wanted. A lot fo the time, I fell like an inferior woman for "only" wanting to be a stay-at-home mom, but then I remember that a lot of the women who I admire beyond anything are "only" stay-at-home moms. Personally, I think that it is one of the greatest things a woman can do. I'm so grateful that my mom set that example for me and showed me what a blessing it is to raise children. I'm grateful for her dedication to us and her support in our dreams. I'm also really grateful that I have her to look for in my aspiration to be a mother.
So no, I don't plan on going to grad school. And I don't feel any less successful because of that.