Friday, February 06, 2009

Grad School Update

Many, many apologies for my absence for blogland yesterday...stupid work nonsense had be wrapped up all day and unavailable for fun stuff. Damn you, employment!!!

What I wanted to write about yesterday is business school. I have touched on this a little bit in the past, but I figure that I owe you a full update on the process, and on my current thinking. Funny how I tend to tell you everything I do in minute detail, but leave out a lot of the major things...hmmm...

Anyway, early in January, I submitted applications to two schools. [Two super smart-kid schools that I still can't really believe I could attend]. That included some essay writing, some recommendation commandeering (thanks to Bossy Foxy, Papa Bear and another one of the partners:-), and the assembly of a resume. I am almost ashamed to say that I have never written a resume, and needed lots and lots of Big Sis' help to do so...

Obviously, both schools are local...I am not moving anywhere any time soon. And, per the feedback I have gotten from almost everyone that I have asked, I am only interested in going full-time. From everything I hear, part-time is much harder, takes forever, and you miss out on many of the best parts of the experience. Since everyone else at work is post-grad, there isn't really a policy for reimbursement anyway. I suppose I could ask, but I don't really feel it necessary since they would give me a giant raise when I came back:-D. I'll end up taking on a whole lot of debt (maybe $75-80k over two years?), but I am not really worried about that...it will pay for itself in very short order.

So, where are we. Well, both applications are submitted, and I am confident that I will get into both. OK, sort of confident:-). I had an interview on Wednesday at school #1 (the one that is really in Allston even though you think it is in Cambridge:-P) which went very well. They loved me:-). I have an interview at the other next week, and hopefully that will go just as well.

However, I am not totally sold on enrolling in the Fall. It is an awfully big commitment, and I am not quite sure yet that I want to be that serious for my whole life. I love my job, and I love what I do...but I don't know if I want to be as serious about it as the other people that I work with. And it really only makes sense to do the work, spend the money and get the degree if I plan on doing that, at least for a while. There is something appealing about that...but I am not really convinced that it is me. So, I still have some thinking to do...

Anyway, that is the update...applied, should here in a couple of months, and then have to decide shortly thereafter.

Beyond that...it's the weekend! Had a great chicken finger date with Munchkin last night...it was so cold that we cheated and took a cab:-). Just the two of us, which I never mind, and we talked a lot about school and boys and her various activities and weddings and all kinds of fun stuff. She has a super busy weekend ahead, complete with two birthday parties, a basketball game, two sleepovers and some homework. And she will probably find some time to chat with Jaques L'Escargot.

I have an early Valentines date with The Boy tonight. I will be gone skiing next weekend, and we have a school parents dinner thing tomorrow, so this is really our only chance to have a Valentine's Day date. Not that the world would end if we didn't, but it seems like we should do something, right? Well, other than me running off to another state...hee hee:-)

That's enough for now...have a great weekend!

7 comments:

Lpeg said...

Well congratulations on a good interview! I hope you get into both!

SoMi's Nilsa said...

Almost a decade ago, I was sitting in your shoes. I worked with a host of post-grad people who all decided for me that I had to go back to school in order to do anything with myself. For me, it just didn't feel right. So, I never applied. Never attended. And today, I have no regrets. I have made my career work for me without a graduate degree. A close friend of mine has gone on to do major things with her career without said degree. If you're going to do it, do it for you. Because you really want to. Because you think you'll gain something personally out of it. Not because the world around you thinks you should.

Blonde Bookworm! said...

I live in Boston as well, glad I came across your site! :)

Slick Watts said...

If you do go back to school I may be able to help with your text books. I work for Pearson Education.

Ys said...

Congratulations on the interviews :) Making life decisions is such a headache but I'm sure you'll make the right decision :) The debt would worry me but if you think it's worth it then you should definitely go for it. Trust your instincts.

Woolly said...

I got my degree and to be totally honest, I didn't need it. I got the job I have now based on work experience. I am now running a calibration lab and have people working under me that look way better than me on paper. but when it comes to real world work experience they don't have it.

I guess it depends on your profession... but I say even after knowing what I know and having the job I do you should still go and get your degree. it is all about personal satisfaction and I do feel better knowing I have it!

not sure if that helps or not, but it's my 2 cents.

Rachel H. said...

Congrats on the interviews, and I'll be the first to say that it's not nearly as difficult as you think to go back to school. I'm in school for my MBA part-time right now, and it's going great. I started in August, and I'm thrilled that I'm not in school full-time, and I love it. I have no complaints!