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    so i just got a place at kcl for war studies. i missed it by 2 IB pts, so it was quite a wait for me. anyway, i got the place and now my mom is wondering what the hell i'm going to do with a war studies BA degree. is it me or is it just her being ignorant? how can i explain to her than a BA in war studies is actually very challenging and one of the best courses kcl has to offer?
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    (Original post by gangrene)
    so i just got a place at kcl for war studies. i missed it by 2 IB pts, so it was quite a wait for me. anyway, i got the place and now my mom is wondering what the hell i'm going to do with a war studies BA degree. is it me or is it just her being ignorant? how can i explain to her than a BA in war studies is actually very challenging and one of the best courses kcl has to offer?
    Oh well done, you finally got your place! Have you tried explaining, your explanation sounds reasonable enough. Either way you really shouldn't have to justify your reasons!
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    Sounds like an interesting course, but likewise I can't help but wonder, just why are you doing War Studies? :cool:

    Could it be because you're considering a career in the military after your BA?

    Hmm......
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    it just really pisses me off when people are so ignorant and havent done their research and just open their mouth to spew off some random, insulting comment.

    anyway, i'm doing war studies because i plan to work for international defence or security in the future, maybe even in the UN, but most probably in the government. I know that the transferable skills that War Studies offers (critical thinking, analysis, etc.) will bring me far. Kings is also excellent for war studies, so I dont see why I shouldnt be doing it. Plus, if I decide that I need to be a lawyer, I can always do a conversion course in law later.
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    (Original post by gangrene)
    so i just got a place at kcl for war studies. i missed it by 2 IB pts, so it was quite a wait for me. anyway, i got the place and now my mom is wondering what the hell i'm going to do with a war studies BA degree. is it me or is it just her being ignorant? how can i explain to her than a BA in war studies is actually very challenging and one of the best courses kcl has to offer?
    I would probably lie and say I'm doing something loosely related to war studies like International Relations and after I've completed my degree then I'd tell my parents. Probably not the best advice.

    Just say that you think you'll enjoy it and that many jobs don't ask for specific degrees. Also explain to her the skills you'll pick up in your course.
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    (Original post by gangrene)
    so i just got a place at kcl for war studies. i missed it by 2 IB pts, so it was quite a wait for me. anyway, i got the place and now my mom is wondering what the hell i'm going to do with a war studies BA degree. is it me or is it just her being ignorant? how can i explain to her than a BA in war studies is actually very challenging and one of the best courses kcl has to offer?
    Because, outside of Oxbridge, its one of the most prestigious degrees in the UK. I've seen one of the Kings War Studies academics on Channel 4 news quite frequently around the time of the Iraq war- although I cant quite remember his name now!!
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    (Original post by gangrene)
    so i just got a place at kcl for war studies. i missed it by 2 IB pts, so it was quite a wait for me. anyway, i got the place and now my mom is wondering what the hell i'm going to do with a war studies BA degree. is it me or is it just her being ignorant? how can i explain to her than a BA in war studies is actually very challenging and one of the best courses kcl has to offer?
    I know somebody who has just finished his 1st year of War studies there.

    Fudge the issue and say its a specialisation of History and Politics.

    Better still, ask them why it matters to them. Explain that the most common cause for dropping out is the course is not right for the individual involved.
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    (Original post by gangrene)
    anyway, i'm doing war studies because i plan to work for international defence or security in the future, maybe even in the UN, but most probably in the government. I know that the transferable skills that War Studies offers (critical thinking, analysis, etc.) will bring me far. Kings is also excellent for war studies, so I dont see why I shouldnt be doing it. Plus, if I decide that I need to be a lawyer, I can always do a conversion course in law later.
    Tell your parents what you wrote above. Your reasoning sounds both confident and well thought out.
    War studies at King's is a highly respected course and the best of its kind in the country - profs from this department regularly advise and consult with the government (you see them on the news quite a lot regarding conflicts like Iraq) and many grads go onto Sandhurst and military related careers (not exclusively as officers but jobs like military analysts etc.)
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    War Studies.

    Well the bottom isn't going to fall out of the War business any time soon so you will find employment relatively easily.

    It's broader than just doing History or Politics but includes both.

    Many jobs don't require a specific subject, just a degree so even if you don't go into your chosen field it will still be useful.

    It leads to careers in politics, international defence, teaching/lecturing, journalism (war correspondant), TV (show her the history channel and point out how many of the programmes are actually about war). It doesn't matter if it's true.

    Your mum has probably phoned all your relatives, her friends, any one she knows to tell them you are off to uni.

    She probably then has to explain what the IB is and then people will ask her "what good is war studies?" and she doesn't have an answer.

    If you were doing nursing everyone would say "yes very good" because nursing or vetinary medicine, or teaching) is something they can relate to even if they have no idea what is involved in those courses.

    Are you from a family where you are only the first or second generation to go to uni? I ask because people who have no first hand knowledge of uni often don't have a clue what it is all about.

    Eg my uncle was the first in our family to go to uni. My grandmother (who left school at 14) always talked about him doing "right hard sums" when he did A Level maths. She just couldn't relate to algebra, trig etc. because she had no knowledge of it. She imagined uni to be like school just with people who were a bit older.

    Don't be too hard on your mum, she is probably worried sick you are going to be in hugh amounts of debt and not get a job. And then you are leaving home. Don't be suprised if you find her in tears in the next couple of weeks - that goes for everyone's mum.
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    thanks guys. i'm going to send this link to my mom so she can see for herself.
 
 
 
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