Tomorrow is graduate orientation, and Monday I finally begin my journey to receiving my Master in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages! I’m going into this program with a small amount of trepidation, and an even larger amount of absolute excitement! I honestly didn’t expect to ever go back to school after I completed my first Master’s in 2014. I told myself I was done with school and was never going to look back.
The universe has a funny was of proving what you thought you knew to be true was nothing but LIES!
Along with the excitement for being in a classroom setting again (which is where I feel like I really thrive), I also remember why I never wanted to enter into academia again. I forgot about the circular conversations (don’t even get me started on trying to get signed up for classes with my advisor), adapting to ‘professor time’ (as a punctual person, this hurts my heart), and as a non-traditional student, listening to the problems of people 10 years younger than me (It makes me want to shake them and scream, “You have no idea! This is nothing! You know nothing!”) knowing that I was once standing exactly where they are.
I am very fortunate that I was able to complete my undergraduate and my Master’s degree with very little student loan debt. I will be funding the majority of this degree with the help of student loans, as well as my job, and I think that it not only makes me appreciate this experience more, but it makes me even more driven to pursue a job relevant to my degree. After all, what is the point of 3 separate degrees unless you are able to use them?
My classes this semester are:
- TESL 5003 Research and Writing
- TESL 5103 Studies in Linguistics
- TESL 5123 Second Language Acquisition
I’m looking forward to sharing my first impressions and experiences with you throughout this process, and throughout my whole journey at Oklahoma City University!