Help I'm Having a Career Crisis

  1. In May, I will graduate from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Comedy Writing and Performance.
  2. It's been the most incredible experience.
    I got to study exclusively at Second City for a semester; I've learned from some of the coolest professionals in the industry.
  3. Currently, I work part-time as a recess & after school monitor at an elementary school, through the JCC.
    I love my job. I love working with kids.
  4. My ultimate dream job would be a sitcom writer.
    I also love performing, so I'd act too if they'd let me.
  5. My plan was to keep working for the JCC to make money after graduation, perform around the city, maybe teach improv, get an agent, do some commercial work, send out writing packets...just do what I can until I get a job that moves me.
  6. But lately I've been rethinking everything.
  7. I kind of want to do the whole Peace Corps route.
    Volunteer for 2 years, defer my loans for a bit. I could work with kids in a place that needs my attention. I feel like now is the only time that I'll be able to do this, but I also don't want to miss out on career opportunities while I'm gone.
  8. I also kind of want to be a special ed teacher???
    I've always had a passion for learning about and advocating for mental health issues. Ive noticed since I've started working at this elementary school, the special ed kids tend to gravitate towards me rather than my coworkers. I'm usually able to help them without going to their one-on-one teacher. I like talking to them and helping them.
  9. Today during lunch, a kid named Jason, who has autism, called me over to his table.
    He said, "I like you. Your name is Emma Welch. I learned that from your name tag. You're very nice to me." And my heart just about exploded. I live for moments like that.
  10. I feel like I'm being pulled in three different directions. I love comedy and I love writing and I'm afraid that if I go down another path, I'll feel unfulfilled. I'm afraid that if I don't do Peace Corps, I'll regret it. I don't know if I can afford to go back to school to be a special ed teacher.
  11. Help!!