Honors Thesis Submission – Dreams Do Come True


…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”

9 Responses to Honors Thesis Submission – Dreams Do Come True

  1. alexeon says:

    Congratulations, Actar, I really mean it. You are definitely an inspiration. Once the paper is graded and all is said and done, will you upload it to the blog? I’d like to read it.

    I don’t think you are a weaboo. I think the main defining trait of a weaboo is ignorance and a lazy “Japan is just better” attitude. If you actually start putting in real effort in your Japanophilia, then you just aren’t a weaboo anymore. Going as far as getting a degree in Japanese Studies focusing on otaku culture is just not what a weaboo would do.

    Now that you have that degree, though, what can you do with it? I mean, what sort of jobs can you get? Will you be looking into moving to Japan?

  2. Actar says:

    @ alexeon: Thanks so much for your support over the years! I definitely love seeing your comments on here and thank you very much for the encouragement! (^.^)

    Regarding your questions, I would definitely love to post my paper here once the semester is officially over and I get my results. It’s a paper that I really do have quite a bit of vested interest in and it’s something that I personally have been wanting to write. As for job prospects, there are quite a few. With Japanese language skills, you can pretty much work for a plethora of Japanese companies. In addition, there’s always the standard translator, teacher, etc… Ideally, I’d love to work with something media related, but of course, I might just become another academic stuck in University. (^.^;)

  3. alexeon says:

    @Actar, well being in academia might not be so bad. You could segway into a teaching role at university and get tenure. You could even be like GTO!

  4. Actar says:

    The results are in and I got an A! (^o^) Definitely validated all the effort that I put in and my obsessive fandom as well~

  5. alexeon says:

    Awesome! It sure took a while to come in, though. Must have been a nail-biter.

  6. Alyson says:

    Hey! I am seeking for Anime and Manga bloggers and stumbled on this blog. I could not find your email address, can you kindly send me an e-mail: alysonburston[at]live.com — It is regarding writing about Manga & Anime type of offer. This is not spam by the way. Cheers.

  7. alexeon says:

    >This is not spam by the way.

    That is exactly what a spambot would want us to believe…

  8. Actar says:

    @ alexeon: Nah, it’s okay. More comments never hurt. (^.^;)

    Also, hope to be posting my paper soon. Recently got permission to do so and I’m hoping to tie it in with a future video.

  9. alexeon says:

    Nice, I’m looking forward to reading your paper, though if its long, I may have to put it off for a bit. School is starting up for me again.

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