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Plans, People, and Privilege

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I don’t have a lot to say today. I have other stuff I need to be doing, so I’ll try my best to keep it short. But I’ve been thinking a bit more about moral obligations, helping the poor, and making a more just society. It’s been causing me to think about what I want to do after graduation. My plan for the past little while has been to go to graduate school for social psychology, with the eventual plan of getting into psychological research, most likely at a university. That’s what I’ve been telling people for the past little while, but primarily just because I hated not having an answer to the question of, “So what do you want to do after school?” I mean, I like psychology, and I like research, and I think I would enjoy it, but I think I would enjoy plenty of other things as well.

So the past few days I’ve been mulling over in my mind some things that might change my plans. In particular, I want to find a job that directly helps people. That’s the reason I went into psychology in the first place – to get into counselling or clinical psychology, in order to diagnose problems and give advice, etc. Through my time at university, I changed my focus to be more on research, because I found that more enjoyable. But now I get the feeling that I may not be satisfied with a job where I don’t help…Continue Reading