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Wednesday, April 23, 2003

My education starts to pay off
Well, guess who has a job interview today? After three weeks of sending out about twenty resumes and an equal number of regular applications, I get an interview at the same place Maggie works for a position that isn't entirely clear to me, and one for which I didn't even formally apply. From what Maggie has told me, they want someone to handle grant-writing and other fundraising responsibilites, so it sounds like it's right up my alley. Plus, it's a non-profit, human services type of place, so that's good, too. Let's hope this one pans out, because I'm sick of writing cover letters and calling people every day. Also, I could really use a paycheck.

Postgraduate blunder
I have decided not to continue my graduate education. I may pursue it later on down the road, but definitely not at Northwest Missouri State University. I think my undergraduate education was great, but my Master's program is a completely different story. In one year, after 24 hours of coursework, my depth of knowledge has not increased one bit. Maybe if I had known that the graduate seminars were taught simultaneously with the undergraduate courses I would have looked elsewhere for graduate study, or I could have started looking for a job. Unfortunately, I have spent the last year taking the same courses I took as an undergrad, with the only additional graduate student requirements being a few extra pages added on a research paper, reading a few extra books, or giving a presentation at the end of the semester. It's a joke, really. If I were to go ahead and finish the degree, I couldn't in good faith present it to prospective employers as "proof" of my knowledge and abilities; while I do have a pretty broad range of knowledge, I am critically lacking in the depth that most employers would expect of someone with a Master's degree. The program I am in presents me with no opportunity to get deeper into the subject matter (since the grad and undergrad courses are taught as one and the same, they're obviously more geared to students with no prior knowledge of the particular subject), and it is in no way challenging (the only class where I was thoroughly challenged, by having to actually prepare and perform the lectures for a couple weeks out of the semester, wasn't even a history course). As much as I like the faculty, I think the graduate program is ridiculous and, thus far, an almost complete waste of my time. All I really have left to do is my thesis, but my heart is no longer in it. I just don't care. I want to get on with my life.

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