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tashabear
tashabear
degree envy
I have two bachelor's degrees. You'd think I'd be academically satisfied, but I'm not. I really can't do anything with them, and the one thing I wish I could do, I can't, because a master's degree is required in order to make any money at it.

I want a graduate degree. But not just any old MBA that I could get at just about any institution that offers graduate work, no; I want a Master's in Library and Information Science. I want to be a librarian. I'm thrilled by the idea, and I think I'd be good at it. And the information science portion of the package makes it even more interesting for me. I can get a job in a library, but without a master's degree, I'd be shelving books and maybe working the desk. Blah.

But I have no money. And I may not have the undergraduate grades. I got slightly better than a 3.0 when I got my English degree, but I don't think it was that high for my communications degree. Close; I think it was in the 2.9 range. But a 2.9 is not a 3.0, and I don't know if my intervening ten years would count for anything. I haven't done anything academically, after all.

Don't even get me started on the money. I know I don't have the money. With my credit, a loan is out of the question. Maybe I could get a grant or financial aid or something, but I'm not counting on it. Bitter experience has taught me that if you can't pay cash, don't even try it.

Oh, but I lust after a classroom, and homework, and even writing papers and taking tests. It's an environment I understand, and now I know where I'd be going with it, and it would mean so very much more to me. I wish I could figure out how to get there.

i feel: sad sad

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tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 4th, 2002 01:00 am (UTC) (base camp)
Here's the other problem... None of the schools in question are in state. Since Wolfie owns the house, we're sort of tied here. I was looking at Connecticut Southern; they have an online distance learning option, New Haven is only three hours away, and I have friends in that area, so that might be an option, though it effectively eliminates the assistantship option. Something to consider, though, definitely. Thanks!

Then again, maybe I'll ditch it and become a fiber artist. There's a fiber arts conference going on in Nashua, NH next month, and they're charging $170 a day for classes. Boy, are we spoiled in the SCA, sharing our knowledge so freely. In the past month I've learned to spin, naalbind, and do fingerloop braiding. Fun fun fun fun fun. My boyfriend thinks I'm part cat; I have so much fun with string. I think it's time to plan some classes...
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tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 8th, 2002 09:04 am (UTC) (base camp)
Assistantships don't matter if you're instate or out. I've lived in SC since I was 6, but am now classified as out of state (I believe) because my parents are living in MD. But the tuition waiver covers that extra.

I think you misunderstand. I can't move. I won't go without Wolfie, and we can't afford to go anywhere else because we have the house here, and it's not in a fit state to rent (don't you just love renovations?). Connecticut Southern has an online program I'm looking into, though. Maybe someday, when I have a proper job. Scooping ice cream (my job for the next several weeks) just ain't gonna support this particular habit. :-)
2 trips or shoot the rapids