Jared KF Jones

Why I'm Finishing My Bachelor's Degree in Psychology

I finished my freshman year at Elon University in North Carolina in 2005. I returned home to Massachusetts with the goal of finishing my degree in communications closer to home. However, at the time, I didn't desire to learn anything accept for music business. Yet, I thought I was "supposed" to continue getting my degree to have a fall back plan. I ended up walking out of a marketing class during the spring semester when I briefly attended UMass-Dartmouth (05-06), when the professor stated, "We are going to teach you how to build a resume to impress employers and...." that's all I heard. That was the furthest from what I wanted to do. I wanted to create music. I wanted to start my family. I wanted to choose what I wanted to do, and I didn't want to fit the mold of what was expected of me.

That was almost 12 years ago now. I finished my Associate's Degree in Communications online at Kaplan University in 2010, and I'm currently courses to get my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology (Attending Capella University online). What changed?

1. Perspective

I've been able to get and excel at jobs before earning the Associate's degree, but I now have a desire to learn something new. I've always been fascinated with how people think, act, feel, and why they think, act, and feel the way they do.

2. Options

My favorite part of creating and recording songs is knowing the songs will affect someone else in a positive way. I love giving friends advice, helping with decisions, and this generally is the role of a counselor or advisor. If I one day wanted to counsel or advise professionally, certain certifications and licenses are needed. In preparation, ensuring that I've obtained whatever initial requirements are needed is important. Not only that, I just reposted an article on LinkedIn about the potential rise of music psychology in the music industry. Can you say....opportunity?

3. The Rise of Flexibility

There are now more options than ever to maintain a full time career, have family-balance, and complete courses in areas of interest on your own time. I do not desire to sit in a class. But if I can read and research material, and then showcase that I have a solid understanding of the material, on my own time, what is better than that?

4. Finishing What Was Started

Philippians 1:6 of the bible states, "And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns." Since God finishes what He starts, I want to follow that example and finish good work that I begin.

I hope this inspires you to reconsider some good things that you may have started, but have yet to finish.

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