Doctor who?

Published by Erica on

For whatever reason, I’ve been thinking lately of going back to school. I know, am I insane? Probably! I have always enjoyed learning and school. Despite the associated stress, I quite enjoyed doing the research for those lengthy papers I wrote. I remember trying to squeeze oodles of information into my brain my first semester while still working full time. It was a challenge, but I loved it! 

I’ve come to realize something about myself lately… I don’t generally settle for just okay. I like to move forward and upward. I think that’s why I have always danced: there has always been something more to learn. Maybe that also explains why I haven’t settled on a firm career path yet either. I know I can do many things well enough to get a foot in the door, and I know that once I’m in I will work to move up and improve. 

That said, I’ve been looking at doctoral programs. Mostly (only) at the University of Utah. Partly, that is because I have researched in the past and know some of what is available in other branches of my field in different states. Performance Studies- UCLA, UC -Riverside, NYU, and one in Illinois or Washington. Irish Studies – Boston, a school in New Jersey in quite literally the middle of nowhere. University of Texas is great for the Art History folks, as well as those interested in Pre-Columbian cultures in the Americas. While I haven’t researched it a great deal, the University of Utah has a Ph.D. in Communications within the Humanities department. It has different aspects of emphasis, and I imagine they would yield to some interdisciplinary study that would facilitate my particular interests in the Humanities: dance and literature. 

What to do? Applications for the coming year are due fairly soon. As in extremely soon. If I can take a class or two and go slow, that is one thing. If the times require me to be a full-time student… well, I don’t think that is the right option currently. I am leaning towards looking into it and seeing what is involved. That will also involve questions about career paths and job placement assistance post-graduation. (As a side note, I find it interesting that only a week after getting a full-time job, I get the impression that I might do well by returning to school. Fact? Fiction? Interesting at the very least!) What to do? What would you do? 

1 Comment

Anonymous · December 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I think you should just work, get new roommates and get involved socially in a new ward. That would fill the void you are feeling. Getting heavy into school would only make it harder to get involved socially-which I think is the most important thing for you right now.
Love you!

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