In ITB, where I’ve met people from all over the country with various backgrounds, hometowns, characters, and (mostly high) intelligence, one sort of variation that I still cannot fully comprehend is motivation. Upon observation, there are two kinds of people whose motives for struggling to be admitted into ITB in the first place (and continue struggling for the upcoming years) are polar in its entirety:
1. The ones who base their daily dose of studying and working on shitload of assignments upon hopes of securing a good job with a steadily growing income for years as soon as they graduate.
2. The ones who base their daily dose of studying and working on shitload of assignments upon their own desire to enrich their expertise on the major they are so fondly passionate about; or to put it simply, passion.
As I try to not see the world in plain black and white, I don’t put either one as better to another, and both motives have good moral and personal reasoning when you ask people around. Earning a good monthly sum of money is crucial to survive — literally and figuratively — in this modern world, but without a passion to do it you’ll end up a working class zombie. No, that’s what one would say viewing it as black and white, but the shades of gray of it is called compromising with your idealism. Justifying that your passion can be done as a hobby or a side job doesn’t always turn up wrong, and neither is pursuing only what you like without thinking twice about your future. Everything has its own good and bad measures, and finding the middle ground is what settles some people into what they are majoring now. Studying urban planning gives me good insight on how people can find that middle ground in the right place — a noble passion to make cities and rural areas better for everyone, with the still-intact hopes to work at good firms or government divisions. And while obviously not everyone would end up working in the fields they are majoring in, there would be some that devote their career to the subject despite not earning enough to afford huge houses or luxury cars. Different goals will lead to different paths taken.
Care enough to elaborate your opinions on this rambling, dear reader?