What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It's time to move on, it's time to get going
~ Tom Petty
So as the increase of interest on Federal Student Loans is impending, I have been desiring to go back to grad school. Great timing, eh?
College tuition is the highest it’s ever been and steadily climbing. So what do they do to make it easier to cope with the increase in the tuition due to the lack of funding for higher education? Raise the interest! Sure! Instead of student loans being known as the lowest interest rate loans in the country sitting at an average of 3.5% - let’s double it to sit at 7%, 8% for parents taking out loans as well!
I know we’re at war, but GEEZ!!! Why does it always seem when we need money, we take it from education? I know, I know, we take it from everywhere. I won’t bitch too much more. But I’ll leave you with this article to mull it over. Sure most of us already have our loans consolidated, but if you ever feel like going back, think twice about farting around college trying to ‘find’ yourself. Haha! No decade of Christman, eh Kurt? No 3 degrees, 6 minors, and 2 masters, eh Ed? No desire to be a professional student anymore, eh Josh? Kids from now on will have some MEGA debt if they choose that route!
Thing is, I KNOW who I am, I just don’t know what I want to DO!!!!
But aside from the bitch fest above, I think I’ve narrowed down my choices to 4 different masters’ degrees I would like to look into:
1. Peace Coprs International Masters in Horticulture
2. Landscape Architecture
4. Creative Writing
1. PCIM in Horticulture:
This is my #1 choice. I would really really really like to do this program, as it is something I’ve always talked about, but never done.
Pros – I will be able to go to another country and help people in the field of study I know really really well. I will get the master and PC experience in one big lump.
Cons – It a 4 year program, with 2 years being in the Peace Corps. That’s a big commitment, and as you all know, I suck at those. I might burn out before I ever get to my third world country! And after I get out, what will this masters do for my career? Would I have been gone too long to pick up from where I left off? Would I even want to? So many questions!
2. Landscape Architecture:
This is the most logical step from where I need to go with my bachelor’s degree. Everyone who goes onto grad school from my program USUALLY chooses this as their masters’. But I was once in a seminar in college that said you should get something DIFFERENT from your bachelor’s as your masters. The speaker (an LA from K-State) said to get something completely different so you can learn something new, and have a more well-rounded background!
Pros – continue with my work and will look GREAT on a resume or if I want to start my own business
Cons – I am still unsure if I should get a different type of degree, to give me a little more exposure to other areas.
This would be great if I ever wanted to go into the Peace Corps after grad school. This is also a major plus if I ever want to go into different parts of the industry, namely plant propagation, nursery work, or arboriculture. I have always wanted to become a certified arborist, and with this degree under my belt, it would be easy!
Pros – Opens up new and different career paths. Will have ‘well-rounded’ background in Horticulture as a whole. It will allow me to have my masters and then choose to go into the Peace Corps later, possibly when I’m older.
Cons – What are my job opportunities once I get out of this program? Is it purely academic and I will have to start back over at the beginning in the different industries I am looking into? If I choose this and THEN go into the PC later, I might have too many ties and obligations, such as a home, car, kids, criminal record.
4. Creative Writing:
This is me going a completely opposite direction in which I have started. This excites me as I have always wanted to study creative writing. I really want to write short stories, and think I have a good background in creative story telling. Why not broaden this hobby with some schooling, and go in a completely different direction? This could be great for me, as I have a completely lucrative bachelor’s degree in which I can still work with!
Pros – I will finally go to school for something fun, and be able to learn something completely different than the sort of ‘trade school’ I attended in my bachelor years. This will allow me to develop one of my passions into something productive. I will be happy and excited in this program as it’s completely opposite from what I’ve been doing the last 10 years.
Cons – I don’t actually see myself getting a better job with this degree. I would have a masters, but how will this actually help me along my career path? Is that all schooling should be – or can it be merely to gain knowledge? Who knows if I will ever get anything published? Would I end up working as an editor somewhere?
Whew. Lots of decisions. I don’t know what to do, other than interview each department of study, until I can find one I’m really passionate about. This might take me months…..even years. Can I wait that long? By that time, student loans will probably be OUT OF CONTROL!!!
Maybe I’ll just skip it, sell all my belongings, and live in Guam.
That sounds good, too.