Monday, April 15, 2013

"M" is for Master's Degree

From the time I started my Bachelor's Degree to the time I received it was fourteen years. I lost my focus there for a while and even moved out of the country during that time. However, as soon as I finished (finally), I immediately started on my Master's. This one I am not getting distracted from.

Whatever life may throw at me, I will finish without interruption. On my current schedule, I should be finishing my last class in September of 2014. That will be just a few months after my daughter graduates high school. She will go off to college and I will move away never to talk to her again.

She insists that I have to tell her where I am going so she will have a place to stay in the summer time. I takes me a while to stop laughing. She hasn't yet decided if I am joking or not.

The truth is…I don't know where I'm going when I graduate. Ideally, I would like to move close to Red so we can be close enough to become a part of each other's daily routine. However, life doesn't always work out the way you want it to. Once I have my degree, I will want to start working in that field as soon a possible and will need to go wherever the work is. I don't yet know how, but I'm sure we'll work it out.

I may have graduated high school 25 years ago and am just now getting my education, but my future is starting to look exciting. I don't know where this will take me, but I am glad to be on the journey.

I feel like I am cheating with these short posts.

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Now I feel a little better about it. 



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49 comments:

  1. It took me 11 years to get my degree, mostly because I got distracted and took a few years off in the middle. But I just edged in under the 12 year limit they had.

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    1. The last school I was at had an 8 or 9 years cutoff. I vowed I wouldn't be taking as long for this degree. It will be in one shot.

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  2. Good for you! Completing your Bachelor's and master's at your own pace. . .being open to whatever comes next. . .giving us long words. Every so often I see people's comments about "too long posts". I don't get that at all. :-)
    Don't be a Hippie
    Take 25 to Hollister

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    1. Thank you. Normally my posts are about 3 to 4 times this length and I started off the challenge with "typical of my writing" posts, but the last few have been shorter to get them done. It just doesn't feel right.

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    2. One way of looking at writing shorter posts is it does confirm for you what is a normal length post. Unless you're writing for someone else and to that person's requirements, I think a writer can and ought to write however he or she wants. Hang the critics. And, now I shall put a smiley face to take away the bluntness of this comment. :-)

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  3. I didn't even start college until I was 40 then got serious at 45. It was a good thing to do. If someone besides me would pay for it, I would be a career student.

    Your post is funny. My kind of humor.

    Thanks for visiting the ruralhood.

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    1. I would love to be a career student. Money is the biggest issue for me as well.

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  4. I tried pronouncing that last word...now I have a headache but I feel so darn smart.

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    1. I didn't even try to pronounce them or even look up what they mean.

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  5. One is never to old to get an education or to continue learning. I think it's great that you going after your dream!

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  6. You are doing way better than me on your timetable. I've been half way through my bachelor's degree since 1990. I did get a Waldorf teaching certificate at one point, but it's still not a degree. Good job rocking the masters. My son graduates this year and I'm pretty sure he'd freak out if he didn't know where to find me.

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    1. I just tell her she'll have to get used to it. Besides, she'll have my email.

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  7. Good for you for sticking with it and going for it!

    I started getting an MA more than once, in different fields, but I was just doing it because I thought I was "supposed" to. Then I realized I didn't really need it to be a writer, to still be considered "smart" etc. I might go back one day, but I also might just take whatever classes interest me at the time. :)

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    1. That is my second start on an MA. I think I'll finish this one.

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  8. I have a Bachelors in Information System Security, and now I'm a writer making chicken scratch. I hope your degree proves more useful than mine did!

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  9. Congratulations! Going to school at a later age may be a bit more of a struggle, but you have a bit of an advantage over the younger crowd - you're more likely to have a better idea of what you want to be when you grow up.

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    1. They told us at school that older students typically have higher GPA's and better attendance. I am trying to prove them right.

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  10. Returning the favour, since you dropped by my blog earlier - thanks!

    As for 'short' posts - I think during the blog-hop it's OK to keep them short, that way you can get round to more people!

    Well done, you, for expanding your education! Sadly, I had to leave school early to nurse my mother through her terminal illness. Then I just got straight into work/marriage/kids..... it didn't stop my enquiring mind though, and while I don't have any certificates to show for it I've learned a lot, especially History, through various self-initiated projects!

    Enjoy the rest of the A-Z hop! (this is my third year and each one's been different!)

    SueH I refuse to go quietly!

    Twitter - @Librarymaid

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    1. I love history. I considered being a history teacher for a while.

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  11. I'm 3 years into my Bachelor`s degree right now. Thank freaking goodness I can graduate with a degree specific enough to start in the workforce because I would never be able to do more than 4 years of endless sleepless nights, pots of coffee and people at Walmart wondering why I look like hell every time I go there. Good for you for striving for what you ultimately want to do, even if it is later in life!

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    1. Thank you. I am getting a little burned out on school, but I know that as soon as I have been out for a year or two, I will probably sign up for more classes.

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  12. I have my BS in business management and never even considered my masters. I was well set in a career though so that made the decision much easier.

    Have a magnificent day. :)

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    1. i look forward to being well set in a career.

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  13. I love that you're still looking forward to figuring out what/where you want to be 25 years after graduating. I think it's a fantastic journey that you've taken so far. Ha, well, at least based on the tidbits that you share here....here's to a life well lived!

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  14. I envy you on your journey. I went back to Uni after Spawn was born and trained as a child counsellor. (I know, how ironic) Good luck for the future and to wherever it may take you. :)

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    1. Thank you. My daughter wants to be a children's bereavement counselor.

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  15. This is an awesome post, very cool that you're pursuing your dreams. I too graduated HS 25 years ago, but I'm on a different path--writing and hoping to get published. May we both find lots of success!!

    And cool site. I looked around a bit. Great bucket list!! I'd never heard of Zorb, which sounded pretty awesome, except for that, if I went rolling around in a inflatable ball I might throw up. hehe. Other than that, I think it would be lots of fun.

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    1. I'm not quite how the ZORB thing works. I think it's a ball inside a ball. Either way, I think I have to do it.

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  16. Proud of you/ never too late to finish
    Dreams converge on reality throughout the years

    Your posts are not short they are manageable length

    Lady's Knight

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  17. Good for you! I think it's great that you are finishing your education. Wish you the best of luck and loads of success. :)

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    1. Thank you. I am excited to see where this takes me.

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  18. I can tell from your determined tone that you will succeed in obtaining your masters. I think it's great that your future is now burning more brightly.

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  19. I had my first college classes in between my jr and sr years in high school. Some kind of summer thing. Then I started college FT in the Fall of 1979. I got my BS degree (now THAT has some double entendre, doesn't it?) in May of 1992 I, too, got distracted. I'm starting my Master's program (in a completely different field) this fall. WOOHOO! :O)

    I, for one, appreciate concise posts. One fault in my writing, as you can probably tell by this comment, is that I use too many words to tell a story. So, I'm working on that. It's also nice for people that like to leave pertinent comments.

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    1. Congratulations on starting your MA.

      I, too, started college in my junior year of high school. I loved it.

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  20. I have no problem with the short posts either.
    I miss blogging. Need. Internet.

    ...I feel like a footnote.

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    1. It's getting really close now. I expect a post the day your internet goes up.

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  21. Haha. The thing about your short posts is that they're still quite full of food for thought. I think that is more important that word vomit with no meaning... not that your long posts are like that.
    Elliot
    We Are Adventure

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    1. Thank you. It's been challenging trying to figure out how to be more concise.

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  22. Good for you!! What an accomplishment! Yu must be so proud! :0)

    Hugs!

    Valerie

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  23. You and Red are good together so you'll be able to work out whatever you have to.

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  24. I didn't finish my Bachelor's straight through, either. I was so proud of myself when I finally got it! One thing I always tell college kids is to finish before you do other things with your life, because it is MUCH harder to finish when you've taken a break.

    I hope you and Red are able to find a place where you can both work and be happy together!

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    1. I keep seeing the stats the stats showing that if you quit school, then you will probably never go back again. I am so happy to have beat those odds.

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