Why hello there. I am at a point in my educational career in which I have no idea where to go next. I'm about to start my 4th year of college. I've already earned an Anthropology degree, and am working on a German/Spanish degree, with a minor in Linguistics. My eventual goal is to go to Grad school to study one of these topics in more depth, but I'm not sure which to choose. One of my old Spanish professors says I should consider applying to do a Spanish M.A., my German professors have advice for me about how to keep doing German after college, and I talked to an Anthro professor and he tells me with my grades I should be applying to top programs, the only issue being that I need to figure out a theoretical focus (in the sphere of Cultural/Linguistic Anthro, to be specific). Bottom line is, I really don't know what to do. I enjoy Anthropology a lot, but as of now I'm lost on matters of theoretical focus, and I've had no experience outside of classes (I'm only now beginning to volunteer at a local living history museum/archeological site), so applying to grad schools at this moment really freaks me out. I know I'd have the ability to do the Spanish M.A., but I don't know that I like Spanish enough to persue it as a career focus (the main reason I kept doing it in college is because I learned so much in middle school and high school that I thought dropping it would be a waste). I have a similar issue with German. I enjoy learning it, and I might enjoy teaching it (more than Spanish), but I've only taken 2 years of it, so I'm not sure if my proficiency is up there enough to persue it seriously at the moment. I feel I have a lot of options, but need to put a lot of eggs in one or two baskets quickly before I loose control of all of it. Another option I've been throwing around is applying for a Fulbright to teach English and do a little independent research in Germany for a school year.... That's certainly nothing guaranteed, but if I apply for it, the assumption would be that I'd be graduating next spring for sure.
Additionally, I could stay on for one more semester after this year and split my German/Spanish co-major into 2 separate majors. Why would I do this? Well, it might look better to grad schools I might apply to if I have a full degree in the language I'm applying for, and it would buy me some time to figure out what I really want. But what would I do Spring semester of 2011?
Other option is to just look for random jobs that are semi-related to what I studied after graduation (museums, state/national parks come to mind first). I'd still want to go to grad school down the road though.
What do you guys think?
(Also, I guess I'd need to take the GRE this summer or fall - can anyone tell me about where/when to do that? I think we have a testing center on campus, but I'm not sure about the best time to take it for applying for 2010-2011, and I'd also be interested in hearing about practicing for the exam....)
ZiL the Undecided and Confused