With one last hurrah it was done. Last Friday, I finally reached my goal and graduated from college. I reached the milestone that I should have completed back in 1999, or 2000 at the latest, but due to a foolish decision it took me an additional thirteen years to accomplish.
It took me nineteen years in total from when I started my first college class back in May 1994, but at least it’s over. I have my Bachelor of General Studies degree. Were I to start over today I would probably major in English, but back in 1994 I swore my calling was music. I was wrong. After a few major changes, I settled on General Studies as to not lose too many hours.
I’m not going to recount my adventure, nor will I wax poetic about what I learned. Instead I’m going to show you my small moment of victory.
But now it’s time to start focusing on the future, and the future begins today. I will admit that I’m contemplating whether or not to pursue a Master’s degree. The idea has been floating around in my mind ever since I returned to finish up my undergraduate work back in January. Specifically, I’m wondering if I should get my Master’s in creative writing, or some other similar discipline.
Here are the issues I’m having to consider. First, I need to find a job immediately. I need a steady source of income so that I can find my own place and be self-sufficient. I also have bills that need to be paid, loans that need repaid. I would also like a car.
Second, I have to decide whether or not going to graduate school is in my best interest, financially. Will it benefit me economically? There has to be a good reason for me to further my education other than for my own vanity. If I had unlimited resources, why not? But I don’t. There needs to be a pay off in the form of a career/job.
Third, is my writing of a sufficient caliber to justify spending several more years in college? Looking at my writing on here, I have a bad habit of overlooking my grammatical mistakes. I proofread, but I manage to miss some glaring mistakes. But putting stupid errors aside, how about the content? Do I manage to adequately convey the message I’m hoping to get across? And are you, the readers, able to enjoy what I’ve written?
Then there’s the matter of my grades. For the Spring 2013 semester, I managed to earn a perfect 4.0 GPA which earned me a place on the President’s List at WT. For Summer I 2013, in my last class, I also earned a 4.0. That’s awesome! Too bad my GPA prior to my return stood at an abysmal 2.5 (approximately). I did bring it up some, but not enough to justify a spot in graduate school.
Then how will I pay for it? Will I still qualify for financial aid, or will I have to pay for it out-of-pocket, in which case it’s even more imperative that I find a well-paying job.
You know what? I need to take a step back and rest on my laurels a little longer. There’s still time, although it’s not infinite. I still have a book review due on September 2nd, a book that I need to finish editing and publish. And I have a few new goals to set. Still, graduate school tempts me. I will have to consider it logically before I make up my mind.
But for now, here’s some pictures of me and my family from Friday. Yes, I’m proud of my achievement, as are my family and friends. One of my mentors that I have known since high school was also there and congratulated me. Days like these don’t come around too often so I’m going to savor it. See you next time!