Life and Graduate School while Abroad

The last two months have been busy. Busy to the point that I had to put my blog on the back burner. I reminded myself that while I love writing and sharing my adventures, I needed to get through my first semester of graduate school.

I enrolled in a graduate program this past January. After debating if I wanted to start in fall 2019, I decided a spring start was better. I knew when I walked across the stage at my undergraduate graduation that I wasn’t done with school yet. I wanted an advanced degree in English.

After days of searching for online programs, I found Bowling Green State University and decided to apply. I also applied to one other school as a back-up, but hoping I would be able to turn down their offer of acceptance.

The Bowling Green program has everything I want. A Master’s degree in English, a specialization in teaching, and a certificate program in college writing. By the end of my education, I will have mastered editing, teaching literature and writing, linguistics, literary theory, and much more.

Being in school and working full-time is difficult.

I have trouble keeping my eyes open past 10 p.m. Actively engaging my brain in school work is out of the question. So the last few months consisted of early mornings, long sessions at Starbucks, and responding to discussion posts during my lunch.

While working full-time and going back to school was challenging and time consuming, I got a lot out of my classes. It wasn’t until the final weeks that I really started feeling the pressure. But in the end, it was all worth it. I started my graduate school journey off with a 4.0 GPA, an editing portfolio I can use to get future editing work, and a greater understanding for teaching second language learners.

2 thoughts on “Life and Graduate School while Abroad

  1. I’ve never heard of BGSU before! I currently work in Japan as an ALT and am wanting to get my masters in TESOL. I’m very impressed you were able to work and take classes because I don’t think I’d be able to balance the workloads! Much props to you 🙂

    1. Wow thank you so much! I had only heard of BGSU because one of my professors in undergrad got his PhD there! I found the program online when I was searching!

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