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Welcome to my blog. Here I share my successes and failures along my journey to becoming an anthropologist. My most prominent interest anthropologically are the new approaches to handing food security/healthy eating in the US, particularly in urban "food deserts". I enjoy the Anthropology of Tourism as well; combining food and tourism has scholarly promise. My other interests which have converted into anthropological hobbies of sorts include converts to Islam, diaspora of Muslims, and MENA in general. I also have some interest in historical archaeology.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Contemplating the next move after graduation

People graduating from colleges and universities now are graduating in uncertain and changing times, and frankly, fearful ones. The rush of applicants into master's programs I am suspecting is at an all time high; although, I have not completed any research on it.

Anyhow, I will be part of this phenomenon and will too apply to a master's program. I will however shock many of my readers when I say that it is not an anthropology program but an MBA in Sustainable Business with a concentration on Natural and Organic Resources. This move stems from many factors. For one, I find that the future of social sciences in academia to be sketchy at best based upon some of the reading I have done. It is common for job cuts to be concentrated within social sciences first. While I am not focusing on the negative, I am of the belief that I can combine my passion for organic farming/eating well with buisness so I can make a solid living and also make a difference practically while being socially and environmentally responsible.

While I want to look at more than one program, I think I will be applying to this school (it is online) for my MBA.

http://onlinedegrees.marylhurst.edu/sustainability/mba-in-natural-organic-resources/

I am beginning to put it all together. My background in food science, with an anthropology degree and an MBA is quite a blend but I believe that this is a positive move for me!

9 comments:

Anthrogeek10 said...

I have decided that this is not the move for me. I will focus on an anthro degree.

anthrogeek10

Tara Umm Omar said...

What made you change your mind? Which branch of Anthropology will you specialize in?

Anthrogeek10 said...

I spoke to my stepmother who has an MBA and has been VP of Hanes Hosiery in the past. She said the industry is cut throat and plus, she says online degrees are not respected. I am glad she helped me think twice about this.

Cultural probably.

Tara Umm Omar said...

Just make sure its something that corporate America won't outsource in the future! Seriously. How about eventually being a Cultural Anthropology professor? Colleges and universities will always need professors.

Andrea said...

Hello,
I found your blog from Tara Umm Omar's blog. Greetings from Altamonte Springs!! :) Sounds like you are doing great in school. I am also thinking of going back to school for a degree in social work at UCF, however, I know that the GRE is really hard. I am also interested in Arab culture and Islam. I have not traveled to the middle east yet, but hopefully one day I will (inshAllah). What do you like best about UCF? Do you sub for Orange County?

Hope to talk to you soon,
Andrea

Anthrogeek10 said...

I found your blog from Tara Umm Omar's blog. Greetings from Altamonte Springs!! :)

Masha'Allah. :) We should get together!



Sounds like you are doing great in school. I am also thinking of going back to school for a degree in social work at UCF, however, I know that the GRE is really hard.

I will be starting to study soon. I am somewhat nervous but I know I can do it if I begin now. You can as well!


I am also interested in Arab culture and Islam. I have not traveled to the middle east yet, but hopefully one day I will (inshAllah). What do you like best about UCF? Do you sub for Orange County?

Insh'Allah you will. I enjoyed it. I hung out with Tara alot. :) I like the personal attention all the professors give IF you ASK for it. Secondly, I like the opportunities for independent research IF you ASK for it. I did and I am on my way to publication soon insha'Allah.

I would like to meet you soon.
anthrogeek10

Anthrogeek10 said...

@Andrea-yes, Orange County. I love it.

@Tara Bean-Yeah, this was a foolish idea. I am sticking with anthro. lol

Tara Umm Omar said...

Lol good!

Anthrogeek10 said...

LOL I can come up with some half hatched ideas. lol