A while ago, given uncertainties surrounding my present and future employment, I decided to apply to grad school. This isn't the first time. I started an MA at Concordia U. back in 2000, which I dropped after 2 semesters for a variety of reasons, not least of which being the certainties of my employment situation at the time (I'd taken an 8 month leave from my job at First Air to go to school, and had to decide between job and more schooling).
I applied to only one school, UNB, for a host of reasons: it's the closest academic/CW hybrid program to Halifax; I know several people in the town and at the university; and people at the department responded quite favourably to my advance queries. They've responded even more favourably to my application. Without getting into specifics, they've offered me a very generous funding package to cover the two semesters it'll take me to wrap up my degree. I haven't accepted formally yet, but I will. Tho my motives for applying were mainly practical ones, I'm quite looking forward to it. It helps being made such a good offer; Concordia is a cash-poor school and my decision to quit there had as much to do with not being offered further funding as it did with the income I'd be making at my job.
I'm going to try to condense my school week to a couple of days, as I'll be commuting from Halifax--which means I'll probably have to buy a car for the first time in my life, as the bus schedule is lousy and my motorbike ain't such a hot option come December. I'm quite proud of never having owned a car and I plan to sell it as soon as I don't need to commute any more.
It's been an eventful few weeks in my household--hence the relative dearth of posts--and things are looking better for us than they have in many months. The sunshine and mild weather hurts none either. Vive le printemps!
(Still planning to upload a whack of audio when I get a chance. Keep an ear out.)