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should I become a K-pop idol or pursue my higher studies in a good university?

I can’t decide what i should do I’m really very confused and stressed which one should I choose I love singing should I become a K-pop idol or pursue my higher studies in a good university please help me out!

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Quatesia’s Answer

Hi Rose! You can go to a good school and Major in Music. It will give all the education and studies that you need to achieve your goals in music, while pursuing your dreams in K- POP. And there you would've successfully killed two birds with one stone.
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Rana’s Answer

Hi, Rose! Art and music is a wonderful pursuit and it's great that you're passionate about it. The music industry is not an easy one to break into, but you won't regret getting a degree in something that you love. You could even study Korean, music, history, art, or something completely different. University is also a great place to get involved in activities and clubs and theatre, which can be a great help if you decide to pursue a singing career moving forward!

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T.J.’s Answer

Hello Rose!

Why not do both?

Why not go to a 'good' university and become a K-pop singer?

There are musicians that have went to college and pursued their music:

➥ Choi Si-won (Siwon) graduated from college in 2012 while also acting for different projects:
https://web.archive.org/web/20140325211416/http://star.mt.co.kr/stviewEng.php?type=3&no=2012022511312287920

➥ G-Dragon got a bachelor's degree in Sports Studies and a master's degree in Retail/Content Distribution in 2013 and 2016 respectively:
https://www.koreaboo.com/news/heres-truth-behind-gdragon-military-scandal/

➦ Park Sojin earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering while also growing as a singer:
https://kpopwiki.org/park-sojin-girls-day-biography-age-height-husband-wiki/Educational_background

➦ Young K got a degree in Business Administration while pursuing his career as well!
https://www.soompi.com/article/1219315wpp/day6s-young-k-graduates-university-shares-cute-photos

It is possible to pursue two different types of goals at the same time! :)

You can study and practice both by developing strong time management skills.

A good guide you can use in college is Cornell's for forming a schedule: https://lsc.cornell.edu/how-to-study/studying-for-and-taking-exams/guidelines-for-creating-a-study-schedule/ and Harvard's article on time management: https://hbr.org/2020/01/time-management-is-about-more-than-life-hacks

The best way to stick with your goals is to remember what you value. You value creativity and education. So, make sure to make a plan that works for you to live according to both of your values!

Sending you good luck as you pursue your goals for college and music :)
Thank you comment icon Thank you for taking the time to help. Rose
Thank you comment icon You're welcome! T.J. Worthy
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Tom’s Answer

Hi Rose -

It is fantastic to have a dream! The good news is that the two choices you mention - pursue a career in music, or go to University - are actually not mutually exclusive - you can do them both. Pick a University with strong music and theater departments and through that University explore a variety of options for your future career. Expose yourself to new ideas and new people and new ways of thinking - and you'll learn things that will stay with you always. Good luck!
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Fernando’s Answer

I'd say go first for the university degree. It always helps to have a bit more preparation going forward and since your goal is being a K-pop Idol a degree in music will help out. As for the K-pop industry please research the requirements and qualifications. Just a heads up that industry is brutal when it comes to its work loads and how they treat their singers.

Here's an article from 2018 that sheds some light on what to expect. There are more articles detailing the lives of various Idols and the life style they were to in order to meet the standards, and I encourage you to dive into those when you can.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/kpop-hard-life-1.4545627
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