Well, I’ve decided that I definitely do want to go to grad school full time this autumn. A lot of you are probably saying “I knew it!” but it really hadn’t been clear to me until recently. Getting accepted at both places where I applied lifted me up in a way that the thought of going directly into a job in the field didn’t. I’m a big believer in the gut reaction these days. Getting ridiculously excited about hearing that I got in (I mean, I actually did a little jump up and down thing) was a huge clue.
Even though it means selling my house and moving, it feels very right to me. I really like my house and where I live, but Ive been in this area for almost 22 years and that’s long enough. My house is too big for one person, anyway and I’ve been feeling the weight of it and too much stuff lately. Time to reduce the old carbon footprint.
Another factor is that I’ve never really gotten to have much of a full time university experience. I got my Associate’s degree full time, but my B.S. and first M.S. were done while working full time. It’s a very different thing, to split your brain into work and school segments. I enjoyed it a lot, but I’ve always felt a little like I missed out on something. No, I don’t mean sororities and football games. Although I did miss out on those first time around, I didn’t miss them, if you know what I mean. I mean the total immersion in academic thought. The opportunity to Think Deep Thoughts. I don’t know if I really have Deep Thoughts, but I want the chance to find out.
Now, on to deciding where…