Last week I talked a lot about my decisions for my next step in life. Do I work? Move up at my job? Do I stay safe in my position? Should I go to school? And if I do, which avenue do I take? Which program is best for me? So many questions, not enough visions of the future!
But I think I’m getting my head straight, things are very slowly becoming clearer. You all were so, so amazing in your responses and encouragement. A lot of comments made me think, made me smile, and some even got me teary eyed. There were so many long, thoughtful comments, I truly appreciate and thank every one who took the time to vote and talk to me. Even if I didn’t reply, your comment was read and loved.
So of course, to show my gratefulness, I’m going to throw another question, another decision, and another poll at you guys.
I am almost positive that I am going to be going to grad school starting next spring. January classes are right around the corner, but I think it’ll be the right path for me. All I have to do is narrow my choices down and apply by November 1st! My plan is to go in this spring as a non-degree student. This way I will give myself 4-5 extra months to prepare my application for the actual program while still taking classes. These applications are beasts and both have some requirements I have yet to fulfill. In the mean time, those classes next spring will be towards a specific program, so I have to decide soon!
I got my BA in history and honestly enjoyed my degree. It wasn’t mind blowing, but it made me think, grow, and see the world differently. It’s no surprise that I am considering getting my master’s in History. More than likely I would be getting my concentration in Enrichment, which would mean I would not need a foreign language requirement and I would get to choose between a huge variety of time periods and classes. It would be an amazing opportunity and I would learn so much in a field I thrived in as an undergrad. But when it comes to the actual teaching part, do I really want to lecture everyday for years to come about Rome and wars and people? I’ve never been faced with that challenge and I have no idea how I’d do. There’s not much leeway when it comes facts and the past. Especially in intro classes, everything is pretty cut and dry.
Program classes will be easy due to my background.
More job possibilities in teaching both college and high school.
Acceptance to the program chances are higher in every sense.
Must be in the top 30% in GRE scores (each test try is $200).
My future curriculum is less exciting and flexible.
No classroom experience teaching this subject.
Maybe not as much passion?
I did not get my bachelor’s in English and I’ve only taken a total of five undergrad classes in this subject. I never thought I’d have anything to do with a degree in English, no matter what the level. And yet, here I am leaning towards following this path. I was thrown into this field and currently, I am assisting a whole slew of English teachers at my job. And let me tell you, I have fallen in love with it and all it has to offer.
More flexibility and fun in my future curriculum and classes.
More job possibilities outside of teaching.
The comfort I have teaching it.
In class experience teaching this subject.
Harder program classes (my highest level English class was 310).
Less job possibilities in teaching.
Foreign language requisite (level 300 undergrad class).
Creating a portfolio to get into the program (they either like it, and you get in or they don’t, and you are declined. no second chance).
While I have to admit, I am leaning towards English, there are some daunting cons. History would be easy. Easier classes, more jobs needed in overall social studies, and an attainable, written out goal for the GRE. While the GRE literally gives me shivers and nervous sweats, it’s a test. I can study and I can retake it as many times as I want. But my passion for the history curriculum is greatly lacking. My classroom would be far less exciting, harder lesson plans, and long lectures. While I enjoyed some amazing history professors in my college career, I can’t help but remember a lot of boring moments and droning talks.
In English you have so many possibilities. Literature discussions, small groups, poetry, writing basics like grammar and outlines, plays, research, fiction, articles, scripts, music even. You have so many different strategies in your classroom and the ability to create an amazing, creative atmosphere. I’ve seen it first hand in my school and I want to do it too.
But I am not as sure in my studies and abilities in that field. The classes might be too rigorous, I’m so used to the history setting and guidelines and expectations. Beyond all of that, I have one chance to get in, and that’s with a portfolio. What if they don’t like it? What if I’m turned away? What if I don’t get in?
I know as long as I pass my GRE, the history department will let me in with open arms. I have a great GPA, am an alumni of that program, and I’m gaining amazing job and life experience for a resume. My chances are high after lots of practice, and money spent on that test. But will I satisfied?
Here’s the thing though.
Following my heart might seem to be the right thing to do right now, but putting $30,000 towards something is no joking matter. Time and money are tight. I need to excel and be sure of my chances. What do you guys think?