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If You Were To Ask Me Where I See Myself Next Year, I Would Say... - Shreya Sachdev

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a nice day. For today’s blog post, I thought I would talk about where I see myself next year and the feelings I have regarding my future. Okay, so I know that I’ve made it pretty clear on my website that I want to write for films and television shows in the future because it’s what I’m passionate about and I think I may even have a real talent for it, especially if I get some more training and education on screenwriting, but I haven’t really spoken about how I’m planning to achieve my goals or where I see myself in the next few years. It is actually a bit of a controversial and touchy topic for me because even though I am beyond ecstatic about leaving high school behind and starting a whole new life in a different country, there are certain things and aspirations that I cannot have due to various rules and other legal issues that I’ll be discussing today. I don’t want anyone to think that I’m unhappy with where I’m going next year or anything else, because I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities that have been presented to me and I’m thrilled about starting college in September, especially in a country that I have never visited. I’m sure it’s going to be an adventure and I can’t wait. Without further ado, let’s get started!

First of all, because I want to go into the entertainment industry, I do want to be located in Los Angeles, California. That’s why if you were to ask me where I would want to be next year, I would say that I would want to be in Los Angeles. Next, because I want to write for movies and television shows, I would want to go to a film school and only study film and screenwriting. What I mean by this is that I would not want to do some sort of core curriculum or breadth requirement, and would instead only want to study what I’m interested and passionate about. And finally, with going to university and studying what I want to study, I would like to be able to work on my website and my various other business ventures due to the fact that I love working on this website and writing up blog posts, researching unsolved cases, reviewing films, and everything else that’s on this website. The issue, therefore, begins with the US. In the US, there is such a big emphasis on a liberal arts curriculum that literally every single school in the US has some sort of breadth requirement. This means that even with what a student chooses to major in, for some reason they still have to spend time studying subjects that they’re not interested in and wasting their time in those disciplines when they could be studying what they actually enjoy. The US is already so expensive for the average middle class person, that it’s not even worth it if you’re not going to be studying something you’re 100% passionate about. This was exactly the problem that I faced. I was accepted into Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television to do a major in screenwriting, and I was so excited because LMU is known for it’s strong film reputation, and it’s located in Los Angeles. A film school in LA, what could go wrong? Well, the reason that I chose not to attend it is quite simple: There’s a big emphasis on maths, sciences, and the humanities, and more than two thirds of your time is spent doing subjects other than your major. I think that that’s straight up ridiculous, especially when I found out that LMU actually locks the screenwriting classes for international students in the first year. That would have meant that I would literally be spending one whole year studying subjects that I had studied in high school, and had hated. The other issue with the US is how they don’t allow students who are coming to study in their country to make any kind of money. This means that I wouldn’t be able to work on my website, publish my books, or do any kind of business related venture without getting into trouble. This is something that really did impact my decision, especially because I’m so interested in entrepreneurship and I love working on this website and I have so many ideas for the future that I believe could result in me making some real money.

Overall, that’s the reason I chose to not attend the US. I will admit that if you were to ask me where I wish I was going next year and where I want to be, I would definitely say a film school in Los Angeles, in which I would only be studying film and screenwriting, but could also legally be able to work on my website and my other business ventures and that there wouldn’t be that pressure of having to get a job in one year or being kicked out right away. That would be a dream come true for me. Unfortunately, I can’t have that. That does not, however, mean that I’m not excited about where I’m going next year. I’m thrilled to be going to the University of Toronto because Toronto has an enormous film industry and I hear that it’s the third biggest city for film production in North America right after Los Angeles and New York City. I know I’ll have tons of opportunities there, and most importantly, I’ll be able to study what I’m passionate about and still be able to work on this website and my other projects. I couldn’t be happier with my decision. Yes, my dream would be to go to a film school in LA and only study screenwriting and be able to work on my business alongside, but because I cannot have that (as it does not exist), I know that my decision to go to Toronto is the best option that’s in front of me right now and I would be crazy to not take it.

Shreya Sachdev