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‘Beta, why BA?’

All of you studying humanities in school or pursuing arts in college would be familiar with this question: “Beta, why BA?” And before you can answer, come more queries such as: “Didn’t score well in science?” “Is there any scope? Have you enquired?” “You could’ve done commerce at least. Writes Avleen Kaur.

chandigarh Updated: Jul 18, 2014 09:47 IST
Avleen Kaur

All of you studying humanities in school or pursuing arts in college would be familiar with this question: “Beta, why BA?” And before you can answer, come more queries such as: “Didn’t score well in science?” “Is there any scope? Have you enquired?” “You could’ve done commerce at least. No?”, “Arts? Doesn’t that mean cooking or painting?”

You get furious, and why shouldn’t you? Who wouldn’t?

We know that arts aren’t only homemaking and painting. Economists, writers, anthropologists, archaeologists, journalists, photographers, theatre artistes, musicians, singers, psychoanalysts, historians, teachers, translators, directors, script writers, cinematographers, politicians and political analysts all went through the course.

After humanities, you have far more options than you have after science or commerce. That is not to say the last two streams are narrow but to emphasise that no job is small. You can be a successful engineer in a multinational company or an archaeologist doing research for a prestigious institute, travelling around the world and visiting all the ancient monuments.

Anybody with good qualifications in arts, science or commerce can earn a high income today but the people who want wealth, fame as well as power need to go the extra mile and be prepared to make sacrifices.

If you want to achieve something in life, the secret is to work hard and be deaf to negative input.

Identify your dream and follow it. Half the opinion around us is hearsay but do listen to the professionals of the field you aspire to enter. Know their life stories, the problems they encountered on their path to glory, and the way they handled them. These can be useful tips.

Don’t let anyone pull you down. It’s your life, your dream. Business tycoon Azim Premji once said: “If people don’t consider your dream stupid, it is not big enough.” So dream big but do a reality check every now and then.

Confidence in self and an idea is important but you must not act blind. If you see any fault in your efforts, accept it, mend it, and be open to change. Listen to your parents. They may seem old-fashioned and not well-versed with the new fields and ways, but they’re correct most of the times.

No profession is a bed of roses, so be prepared to meet mean bosses and colleagues, and deal with the issues of timings, salary and transfer. And the next time someone asks you “beta, why BA?” or “why BCom without CA?” give them your best smile and answer: “Why not?”