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Alhamdulillah (all praises and thanks are due to God), I have finished my undergraduate education from University of Toronto Missisauga. I now hold a Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology.
When you finish your undergraduate, other than asking about marriage, people will normally ask about whether or not you are going to further your studies – which is understandable. I got asked that question a few times.
I am trying to form a habit of asking myself “why?” before making decisions, particularly big decisions like pursuing masters degree. So when people ask me whether or not I will continue my studies, I ask myself “why?”
Why do I want a masters degree?
The two usual reasons (among many) that people associate with getting a masters degree are better pay and higher status. I see the merits in both reasons, but those reasons aren’t enough to make me do it. Although money and status are important, I don’t want to chase after them just for the sake of chasing them.
Being rich doesn’t guarantee an enriched life. Having a high status among people doesn’t guarantee a high status with Allah. So money and status are not good enough. I demand a higher purpose from myself.
Another reason that people might pursue masters degree is because other people are doing it. This is a personal pet peeve of mine. I don’t want to do something just because others are doing it.
We are all unique individuals who can think for ourselves. Although from time to time it’s good to take wisdom from other people, we cannot rely 100% on people. We cannot outsource our own strength.
So why should I pursue a masters degree?
I am not saying that I won’t pursue a masters degree or that pursuing a masters degree is a bad thing. I am just saying that I will not pursue it for petty reasons like money or status.
There must be a higher and a more noble goal than that.
p/s: Before pursuing anything, ask ourselves three things:
1) What am I pursuing?
2) Why am I pursuing it?
3) Will it please Allah?