Sunday, March 04, 2007

The Saddest Girl I Know

“Anong kurso mo?”
“Political Science po”
“O? Eh di magiging pulitiko ka?”
“Hindi naman ho.”
“Mag-law?”
“Siguro po, kung hindi ako tamarin. Pero parang malabo.”
“Eh di anong balak mo pagka-gradweyt mo?”
“Gusto ko po sanang pumasok sa advertising.”
“…”


How many times have I gotten into this conversation? I’ve had it with anyone who got around to asking what my course is. It’s so standardized, I can fire off no-maybe-advertising without having to wait for their next question. So why advertising? And if I want to get into it, why am I not shifting to a more appropriate course?

I find advertising unbelievably fascinating. I find selling happiness unbelievably fascinating. To do so, you have to have the knack for knowing the mentalities, motivations, and irrationalities of a whole culture. There are many, many definitions of happiness, yet advertising can narrow it down to sell a bar of detergent or pancit canton. How hot is that?

Political science and advertising are not so different from each other. Political science does not only cover governments and institutions; it enfolds the whys and wherefores of human interaction within or through governments and institutions. If successful advertising involves knowledge of mentalities, motivations and irrationalities of a whole lump of people, then political science is a tool to achieve it.

On a totally maybe unrelated matter: I need a summer job, badly. I care fuck about the money. I need to have a valid enough reason to get out of this house everyday, and if it involves me slaving my ass off at some call center and depending on frappes for my mental health, I swear to gods I would. I’m very restless in school lately. What if I have to live with it at home for the next two months? Fucking shiznit.

Of course I’ll probably get lazy to go through the whole job hunting and application process, but who knows. There may be other desperate reasons to want a decent office job. Oh and there are. But the knowledge is of no use to you because I know it is of no use to me.

2 Comments:

Blogger lateralus said...

I guess that's always the dilemma with courses with an established post-undergraduate track. I'm taking up medicine myself and I still don't know if I want to be a doctor.

If you're sure about advertising, good for you. At least you already know what you want.

1:33 AM  
Blogger lizette said...

maybe? let's hope i stick with it, but i give it a 70-30 that i wont. heh.

hey hi benj. schoolmate!

6:58 AM  

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