Sunday, March 14, 2010

CLM goes back to school

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.)

8 comments:

John W. MacDonald said...

good luck selling your car after...it's a pretty tough habit to break.

Megan said...

Congratulations.

Jonathan Ball said...

Congrats!

Owen said...

Congratulations Zach! (About the schooling, not the car!) Good luck with it.

Ian LeTourneau said...

congrats Zach. You'll enjoy UNB. I'll probably see you around, since my wife and I are planning on moving back east and probably settling in or near Fredericton by the end of summer. (We're heading out end of this month to scout houses. We're hoping to find a place that has a rental suite, or at least spare room to rent so if you don't have accommodations, we might be an option to keep in mind). There are some great people there, and dare I say, you'll contribute to the vibrant arts scene. Or at least I hope you do.

Cheers

Zachariah Wells said...

Thanks, all. Good to hear you're coming home, Ian. I've got accommodations all lined up, but thanks for the offer.

voxpopulism said...

Zach as a poetry workshop-mate. Eeek, those poor young eager poets may not know what hit them!

But seriously, congratulations. School is a good thing.

Zachariah Wells said...

Heh. Maybe so, Jake, but Ross Leckie probably had some idea; he's offered to work with me on a Directed Study/Studio poetics course in lieu of a workshop.