Friday, June 18, 2010


In 1991 I applied for colleges.  I still remember sitting on the patio in the sun the summer before my senior year, painstakingly filling out applications.

In 1995 I applied for graduate school.  I had worked in the Department of Pathology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine doing a paid internship the summer before my senior year of college.  I had been invited to meet with the Head of the Graduate Program, who handed me an application and strongly encouraged me to apply.  Even so, driving to Cincinnati for the interview was the most nerve-wracking trip of my life.

In 2001 I defended my Ph.D. dissertation.  I figured I was done with my education.

I have been a faculty member in a State institution for a number of years.  One "perk" is that I can take classes from any state institution for free - I get 6 credit hours of tuition remission per semester.  At my previous institution, noone seemed to take advantage of the opportunity, so I never thought much about it.  Then I moved to a new college, where folks take great advantage.

There are classes I am interested in taking at the local University.  To take them, you need to apply to the graduate program.  I didn't think much of it, until ....

I have been accepted into the MA in Higher Education program at the University of Louisville.

I'm "working on a Master's Degree".  With a one year old.

What the hell am I doing?


Funky Mama Bird said...

You are doing something for yourself, which is awesome. Because as I frequently remind my husband, "If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!"


hopeful said...

Congratulations! Your daughter is so lucky to be growing up in a home that values education and demonstrates there is nothing a woman can do.

hopeful said...

There is nothing a woman CAN'T do!