Back to School!

April 12, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Posted in Career Moves, Life and Living | Leave a comment
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It’s an idea I have been toying with for a long time.  I was told that I didn’t need to go, that it wouldn’t help me further my career.  I, of course, worried about the cost, and going back 9 years later, but here I am.  The time seems right, and I am proud to say I have been accepted to grad school!

I didn’t want to say anything.  I didn’t want to jinx it.  I only applied to the one program, so if I didn’t get in, it wasn’t going to happen.  I studied really hard for the GREs (I am so out of practice in studying, but the GREs were still one of the hardest things I have ever done).  Those who knew I applied were certain I’d get in, but I know nothing in life is certain.  I am confident in my experience, but, just like a new job, you don’t know who is making the decisions and if they will agree that you are a good fit.

But here I am, ironically sitting in an industry conference learning when I get the news.  I got in.  Altogether I am proud of myself, super happy and super nervous.  But it’s something that I want and I will make it work.

I don’t know what I will learn when I go back to school, but I know it will be a challenge.  It will be an adjustment, and at the end of the day, I have to believe that the investment will pay off.

I may find that I am the oldest person in my classes, that the other students went straight from college to grad school, never truly experiencing the industry.  I learned so much about the industry on the job, that learning how to learn in an educational setting will be like new for me.

So that’s what’s next for me.  A thirty year old going back to school.  I am sure I will have plenty to share with my loyal readers.  I look forward to taking you on this journey with me!

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