A New Journey

I've already messed up my new posting schedule but there have been some new developments in the life of Shelissa!!

Thursday night I found out I was accepted to a graduate program at Columbia University. I was shocked (and cried) because I really didn't think I would get into flipping Columbia, especially a graduate program. I really really really wanted to get into this program and to actually get something I wanted so much was so surreal. I worked so hard on my application and essay and studying for the GRE. Of course I spent the next day freaking out about how I am going to pay for this, without loans. I just do not want any more debt.

Getting into this program will change a lot for me, having a masters degree from an Ivy League school holds some weight in the job market even though some people try to deny it. You don't need an ivy league, but it helps, and they have a lot of resources for students. I finished my undergrad 2 years ago and have spent this time doing an internship, volunteering, applying to art/museum jobs, and now working full time (not even in a museum!). I don't think I will be able to keep my current full time job, instead I'll have to have just one good part-time job or two separate jobs to work around my schedule. I also intend on working on campus so that might change things up. I realize I will be trying to do a lot but plenty of people have done more like going to school full-time while working full-time and/or have kids. I'm an adult living on my own, it's real life and you have to deal with it.

Anyway! The program is Arts Administration in the Teachers College at Columbia. My final goal is to work in a museum, in the background scene. Many departments interest me but I think I am most drawn to the education departments. Maybe I'll change my mind, but I'll have plenty of other options.

I love school and I'll be happy to be a student again! Plus Columbia's campus is beautiful and it'll be mine! Youpi youpi!

Shelissa

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