Cory and I had such a lovely anniversary trip to the city and I am so excited to share photos with you. Until then (probably later today/tomorrow), I'm here to talk about something else!
I have been mulling over graduate school for years. That's right, years.
My senior year of college was really amazing and I loved every moment. One of the last English courses the university requires you to complete is Literary Analysis. This is the class that everyone fears: extremely demanding and an unrelentless professor. Fortuately, I had a group of girls also going through the English--Secondary Education major with me, and we enrolled in the class together. This class was one of the best experiences of my educational career because I pushed myself further than I ever had before. I would read and research for hours and love every minute of it. This was the class that afforded me the opportunity to travel to San Francisco with a classmate and our professor to present research we conducted at a national research conferece. At the end of the course, my professor approached me about continuing the research I started on my topic with her over the summer and beginning the Graduate program for English that fall. At this time, I was a completely different person. I had plans after graduation that eliminated me from being able to stay in the area and I knew that I really wanted to teach. Even though I spent a lot of time turning this conversation in my mind, I decided to tell her no. I couldn't stay in Salisbury for another two years.
Since then, I've been struggling with graduate school. After my first year teaching I enrolled in a local college to complete a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction for English. After two courses, I knew immediately the program wasn't for me. I didn't feel challenged and a lot of our course work seemed frivolous and redundant, so I stopped going.
Cory has always been supporting my desire to go back to school, and sometimes, even when I don't want to hear it, he encourages me to research various programs. Finally, we found one! This program is a pretty intense program (that will be years long) in Baltimore.
Right now, I'm a bit shy about sharing all the details of the program, the school, and everything else because I am so nervous about jinxing it!
Anyway, I am very excited for this program, but first I need to take the GRE and you know...
get accepted. I enrolled for the GRE this morning and will be taking it on September 24th. I plan on creating a study schedule for myself today and tomorrow and beginning while I'm on vacation this coming week.
I'll keep you posted with the studying and so forth. I just wanted to give you a little peek into my world and what I'm working on :)