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It’s Back-to-School

Dear readers,

I know it has been a while since I have posted anything. The only thing that I have posted recently (and that was today) is related to a book tour (go visit it): Book Tour: Dear Mr. Pop Star by Derek and Dave Philpott. But besides that, I have not been very active. For those who are still following me (thank you!) and those who are new, please stick around and be patient. I will try to post more this year but I really do not know when I can because this is my last year in high school and I also hold positions in other extracurricular so it can get very busy.

But be patient. I will try 110% to have at least two reviews throughout the school year (not counting the next summer break). I will host book tours if there are authors who are interested, but I cannot guarantee there will be a review that follows it (to those who are interested and reading this 😉 )

Man, these emoji faces do not do well with parentheses because it looks weird with two smiles (edited: well, it turns out that WordPress changes keyboard emoji to the actual emoji).

Now back to what I really wanted to ask in this post. First, to those who are also in their last year (good luck!). So, I was just wondering, how do you know what you want to study? Because I had in mind what I want to study but sometimes I would think back and think to myself, “Do I really want to do this for my whole life?” I am the type of person who does not like doing something repetitive for many years. I like changes and learning new things. At the moment, I want to study Social Work but before I can do that I have to get a Bachelor degree before I can apply into the university I want to get into. There are so many things to do and I do not know what to do.

How did you choose what you wanted to do?

I often worry that what if what I thought I wanted to get into turns out to be something I do not enjoy doing during my studies. This would mean that I would be wasting the tuition. I have so many hobbies and interests that I feel like I would be in an endless cycle of trying to find what I want to do as a career.

Many people say that you should pursue a career that you enjoy, but even if I do, I still cannot stop wondering will I be able to pay for all the bills. I can live a simple life but it is not that what is worrying me. It is the price of apartments and condos that are raising is what worries me. Even a small apartment, fit for one person, is getting more expensive now.

I often have thought of careers relating to books but the jobs that interest me are as a translator, librarian, and literary agent. There is often conflict between wanting to be a social worker and a translator. I want to be able to help people but I also want to be able to help people be able to read books or just any piece of writing from a different culture without the message being lost through translation. Honestly speaking, I have absolutely no knowledge of reading and writing any Chinese but I want to study that in university as a minor while I major in English. Even though I was born in Canada and my family speaks Chinese, I cannot say I am fluent in both. As I was growing up, I was often taken out of school for two months to visit my family in China so I missed valuable lessons on English, which is why my grammar and vocabulary is not the best. So I can say that I am fluent in English with bad grammar skills and conversational in terms of speaking Chinese.

I just hope that my effort to attempt to learn the proper grammar is working. I know that in order to be a translator with no skills in reading or writing at this point is hard but I do hope that I can be a quick learner and learn enough to read by myself and improve from there.

Since school is going to be busy, even if I do post, they will not be aesthetically pleasing and will just be a post with limited formatting. Please bear with me. And if you want, while reading this and you see and grammatical errors, feel free to point it out and it would be a bonus if you could provide an explanation as well too. Thank you in advance for those who are helping me in my journey to improving my English skills.

Also, during the summer I have gotten really into K-pop and C-pop. I have been listening to EXO, Ailee, Shinee, Joey Yung, Hacken Lee and some Big Bang since elementary but lately I have been listening less and less to English songs. They seem to appeal less to me now. Please recommend me some C-pop because I already have a lot of friends recommending me K-pop (Funny thing was I use to HATE Chinese songs but now it is all I have downloaded on my phone).

Aside from that, leave down in the comments how you guys discovered what careers you wanted to pursue.  I hope I am not the only one wondering about this but at the same time, I do not want people to have to worry about these things (if you get what I mean…but yeah…).

But I hope you guys have a wonderful day and for those who are in school to have the best school year as much as possible. Thanks for taking 2-3 minutes of your life to read about my struggling and boring life.

Signing out,

SammieReads

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