…and with that, I’ve come to the end of my University education. The years just flew by and I am still in shock at how fast it felt (in retrospect). People say that dreams don’t always come true and that sooner or later, you’ll have to face cold, hard and harsh reality.
I 100% agree. But by no means does that mean that you still can’t do your utmost to work towards your dreams. If it doesn’t work out, struggle, compromise and don’t go down without a fight. If worse comes to worst, you fail. But that doesn’t mean you haven’t tried. For the uninitiated, yes, I’m majoring in Japanese Studies and yes, it is great doing what you love as part of your work.
I admit that I am in a privileged position with friends, family members and complete strangers who support and encourage me at every step of the way. However, that does not discount the hard work and effort that was necessary to reach this milestone. I have literally put my all into this honors thesis. All my years of education, love for anime and otaku culture has gone into it. As evidenced by the title, it’s essentially me taking a cultural studies approach to tackle the idea of moe and fictional pornography and its effects on the fandom, society at large, an international audience and the industry itself. I really can’t go into more detail than that due to the fact that it’s still being graded, but no matter what grade I get, I would not have had it any other way.
Am I a weaboo? Well, that’s up to you to decide. But whatever the case, I can say with confidence that I’m happy. As the adage goes, “Do what you love, love what you do. You will never have to work a day in your life”