My Choice

Reading the poem, “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost reminded me of the time when I was in a state of dilemma. I had a hard time figuring out which stream to choose for my further study I had completed my grade ten. Similar to the speaker of the poet, I too had two options in front of me. I had a choice whether to study Business Studies or to hear my inner call and join Humanities stream.

I did as the speaker of the poet did. I looked the both options more closely. First I saw where I would land taking Business Studies. May be I was dragged by this field because of easy access to employment after my graduation. Then suddenly, I looked what I would become if I chose to join Humanities. This was the subject that had interested me since a long time. I was threatened by my elder cousins that I would land being a teacher, if I chose this field. Then I  researched and knew that I could be what I had dreamed about, media personnel, if I chose Mass Communication and Journalism Studies as my major. I was relieved then. At that moment, I felt like I had made a big victory by the simple act of deciding which course to take.

However, it was not as easy for me to answer everyone who had assumed that I would be a Science student. Sometimes I even did not have any word to answer their repetitive questions like, “What will you do studying Humanities?” The thing was similar to what the speaker of the poem has said: “Because it was grassy and wanted wear; / Though as for that the passing there / Had worn them really about the same,” (8-10).

I was the only one to choose Humanities among the pass outs from my school. So it seemed to me as if no one studied this subject. However, I later found out that the number of students studying Humanities were the same as Management or Science and sometimes even more.

Today, when I look at myself, I feel satisfied with the choice I made three years before. Similar to the speaker of the poem, I can say people with pride that choosing to be a student of Humanities was a milestone for me to be a part of AUW and land in this affluent learning environment.


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