Remember how I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was "thinking about grad school, but in a half-assed way"?
Well, I was doing research on a few different options, and I tried to send away for some more information from one school. I was trying to find the application fee, but I couldn't see it listed anywhere. I clicked an application link, figuring that I would fill in some information and it would ask me for my credit card information for the fee, at which point I could close the browser and walk away.
Except it didn't do any of that...it just let me apply, for free. Whoops.
I've been very on the fence about grad school for a long time. Will it benefit my career? Is it worth the cost? Will it be too much stress for someone who considers herself very much "non-academic"?
Well, applying to grad school accidentally is one way to push yourself off the indecision fence. Before I knew it, I was registered (Major: English. Focus: Creative Writing/Fiction), had my FAFSA turned in, books ordered, and was beginning classes. It was all a bit of a whirlwind.
But I see it like this: I could sit around debating grad school forever. All I was really doing was wasting time. I could have my Master's Degree in a minimum of 18 months.*
*It might be slightly more than 18 months for me, due to the fact I was accepted "provisionally" because my undergrad didn't use GPAs, so I can only take 1 class at a time for the first two semesters...but still. I think it will end up taking me a total of 5 semesters, if I want to rush. Not bad.
So yeah. I applied to grad school by accident, which is so like me.
...of course, I didn't put that part on the letter of purpose they had me turn in later.