I would like to start this post with a disclaimer- this is the most random thing that I have ever complained about. And possibly the most ridiculous.
God is seriously big time green-lighting this grad school thing. It started in October at the Women of Faith conference. At that conference, the university that my brother attended was advertising. And at that point, the words "law and public policy degree" popped into my head. I did not want to hear those words, so I ignored them. But they wouldn't go away. So I finally went to the university's website and was relieved to see that they did not offer a law and public policy degree. Off the hook.
Then I randomly googled law and public policy and online degree. And another school popped up. One with an all online program. And a certificate program, rather than a full-on master's degree, but with the option to transfer credits to the master's program later. Oh, and it's a Christian school with faith-based learning. And it's really well known.
Then I started the application and tried to send it in, only to get an error screen for several days. A sign that this idea was a bad one? (I secretly hoped so). Then I got an email from the university saying that my application had been caught in a system upgrade and that they were waiving the application fee for me because of that. Seriously?
So then I was thinking "okay, I still have to write a big paper and pass the GRE and maybe I won't do well at that". Today I got another email from them, letting me know that people who are applying for the certificate program don't have to write the big paper, just a personal essay. And the GRE is optional, and really only needs to be taken if planning to enter the master's program later on.
I'm starting to think that I'm not going to get out of this. :) I'm going to have to learn to study again and spend my time doing something more than blogging or playing on Facebook.
I'm still going to take the GRE because I have the study books and it's scheduled and I have some time to study in the afternoons now, and I think that I probably will continue on to get my master's degree after Vivian goes to school in a few years.
So far the only negative is that certificate students don't qualify for financial aid, so we'll be doing this all out of pocket. Not ideal, but not something that's going to stop me from doing this. It's kind of funny- I've had lots of decisions to make in my life, and so many times I've dreamed of a big arrow pointing to the right choice or a neon sign saying "do this". This is coming awfully close to that neon sign and it's a little scary, to be perfectly honest. But it's nice to have the reassurance too.