So I just realized that I absolutely love learning and that I want to go do my MFA and then perhaps another later on and then also sometime way down the line also my PHD. I am most definitely cut out to be an academic - I absolutely love continuous learning, research, working on my own art, but also love the intellectual discussions about my areas of interest with like-minded persons, and teaching; so it all fits together :) It's a long long road but then I'm all about the meandering journey like a long river that stretches across a vast land.
And so far my journey also seems to be leading towards a career in academic teaching - meandering a bit - but going that route with; my BFA in animation and media studies, a BEd in middle years education, experiences in teaching grades one through to eleven, continued courses in painting, print, and perfumerie, a short professorship teaching animation and graphic design at the School of Fine Arts in Cusco, Peru, etc.
So now it's all about deciding what MFA would be good for me, and where to do it - I definitely will choose a warm place with ocean access so that I can also breathe and chill the way I need and enjoy best. So perhaps California, or perhaps France or Portugal, or maybe, just maybe London. The next few months will be spent figuring this out, and then visiting the top couple choices to make the right choice - for other than taking into account the professors with whom one works, and the opportunities that a school may provide for or allow, are taking into account the opportunities of the city, and its artistic resources in regard to museums, galleries, and libraries, it job opportunities, the weather or climate if that affect you, and of course the overall vibe of the city - for that is often where one will start to make even more contacts.
Anyhow here is to figuring out purpose, passion, and pursuit!
Tahira Nusrat Karim