Last night I began a new chapter in my life...I have gone back to school to begin my Masters degree. Its been part of my greater life plan for some time now, but the time has finally arrived!
My week of teaching at camp each summer fills me with happiness. Several years ago when I was trying to figure out my next academic pursuit, it was my love for this one week that made my decision clear - I am meant to get a Master of Education degree. However, first things first.
I already had a degree in English, and rather than jumping right into my MEd program, I decided I wanted to make use of a stepping stone that was dangled right before my eyes - a program that would grant me my Bachelor of Education in five short semesters, thanks to my past studies and the beautiful world of transfer credits. So, in September 2007 I began my BEd, and in June 2009 I graduated on a beautiful sunny day. In that same time period I became pregnant and had my daughter, so decided that rather than stick with my plan to begin my Masters in September 2009 I would enjoy the remainder of my maternity leave, soak up more playtime with my little sweetie and start the following year.
With the syllabus in hand, I now know that in the next twelve weeks I will produce two remarkable papers, and give one memorable ten-minute presentation. Not too shabby! But even more importantly, at the end of 12 weeks, I will be one step closer to having the next degree; the one I have looked forward to starting for a while now. And I must admit, I have missed being in school in the last year...I crave the added challenge, the learning, the interaction. I will miss reading for pleasure over the next few months as I work my way through my four textbooks, but will soak up everything I can in the meantime...