The BA


Graduated! (Photo credit: ralph and jenny)

Sometimes as I peruse
My workplace budget
Some strange delight
Suggests I am a frustrated accountant

Other times when navigating
Complex and intense
Interpersonal conversation
A little thrill
Suggests a frustrated psychologist instead

Sometimes as I ponder
The abstract and often absurd
Arguments of office politics
A peculiar intensity
Suggests I’m a frustrated philosopher at heart

In the end it seems
I’m a cautionary tale
Of academic pursuit and origins
A Bachelor of Arts
Who at best epitomizes
Career confusion
Years of divine discontent
And a constant sense of distance
From vocational identity.

(c) Helen Valentina 2013, All Rights Reserved

About Helen

I'm drawn to blogging as a way to share ideas and consider what makes us who we are. Whether it's in our working life or our creativity, expression is a means to connect.
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17 Responses to The BA

  1. Aw! Congrats lovely x

  2. Eric says:

    At least you don’t have a B.S. Now THAT’S an oxymoron! 😉

  3. Jamie Dedes says:

    Can sympathize with the dilemma.
    Belated congrats on graduation. Kudos for sticking it out.

  4. Very nice! I have my BA in nutrition and if it wasn’t for the second set of stats classes I would have probably went for a BA in psychology too I took like every conceivable non stats related course. I took extra medical classes for fun too, I was just all over the place. It took me 10 years to graduate because I wanted to take everything lol

    • LOL…a friend of mine at university used to say that first year was the best five years of his life because he just tried lots of things before he settled…education is a fine thing, I just think I probably wasted mine a bit. LOL. 🙂

      • I should have focused a little more on one subject lol, My husband stuck to the same are (he got 2 BAs and 1 masters in the time I got one 1 BA) and has a fantastic job

      • Jack Flacco says:

        I did the same thing. I took my time before I settled doing what I’m doing now. But during first year, it was a challenge because I didn’t want to go into something without leaving my options open for other things. So much of first year was an experiment. But well worth it!

      • Well done – I sort of rushed through my degree as I didn’t like university much…not sure what that says about me, LOL. 🙂 It may be why I’m confused many years later though…a slower and more considered pace might have been a better approach. 🙂

  5. thesanctuaryofmyheart says:

    Loved this….but, I am still picturing us flying out of our beds……I am sure it is way better than even I am absorbing!!! Hugs!!

    • LOL..yes, flying dreams are far, far better than study I think…one (the flying) is a natural high and the other (the study) …well, I don’t know, an unnatural burden perhaps? LOL.

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