Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Direction

I got the opportunity to meet with some of my former professors during the last few weeks to try to figure out how I could break into academia, i.e. earn my doctorate. Both of them suggested that I need to get back into the classroom and teach for a few years before I make that leap. Both of them said that becoming an adjunct professor right now is Tough with a capital T. They gave me good insight and I really enjoyed meeting with them but honestly, I can't see myself back teaching children.

Well, my sister, wonderful treasure that she is, pointed this program out to me. It's perfect in that it combines something I'm passionate about (education) with something I'm interested in (anthropology). It helps also that I already have an advanced degree in education. I'm very interested in education as it relates to boys so I even have some idea of what my focus will be.

I had already determined that the next school I go to would have to be a top tier school--no more public colleges for this sista (both undergrad and grad were public). I need the resources that top tier schools can offer. I no longer have the will or the time to scrap around making opportunities. I want opportunities to already be there. Does that sound snotty? I really don't care. I know what it's like to struggle through school and then struggle after school. No network. No help. Not fun.

So, it looks like I've decided to go back to school. I have no idea where the money will come from or how it will even work out. Or when it will happen. But that's my direction now.

It's good to have direction.

4 comments:

DeStouet said...

Congratulations!

I'm finally back in school and it feels really wonderful. I imagine one day I will also be attending a top-tier school but right now I am not afforded that opportunity.

You were always an inspiration to me!

Latasha

Shay said...

Congrats on your decision! I agree that being an adjunct esepcially right now is tough. I did it a few years ago and it was a lot more work than I thought so when you factored in the pay it wasn't a great deal. Often times though private schools have better resources than public schools so I wouldn't worry just yet.

80sBaby70sSoul said...

Congrats! Making a decision and claiming an outcome are the first steps! Chant for the money and it will come!

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