Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 • No Comments on All Things Academic
It’s November! November! I’m really not sure where the past few months have gone, but they have gone. The end of the semester is in sight, which of course means it’s time to think about next semester. I am fairly certain I’ve decided I’m not taking any classes in the spring. There isn’t really anything that’s enticing to me right now and while I still have a couple of classes to complete before I can get my Women’s Studies Certificate and have my eighteen credit hours to teach Women’s Studies, I will confess that my thoughts keep turning to MFA and PhD programs.
The only local PhD program I’m interested in is American Studies at The College of William and Mary. W&M is a bit of a drive for me and I’m not even sure I could get accepted, but the program looks intriguing. Of course, the idea of getting a MFA in writing still appeals, too. Bennington’s low residency writing program seems perfect—except for the part about spending ten days in Vermont in January. I just don’t know. I have until January to decide about William and Mary, March for Bennington. Or just maintain the status quo. I think the reason I keep dragging my feet over getting another (terminal) degree is that I don’t know if I want to teach. And with a Doctorate in American Studies or Masters in Writing, there is little else to do but teach. Seems like a lot of money to spend just to have another degree, yes?
Speaking of teaching, I’m happy this semester is almost over. It seems as if it’s been the most frustrating so far and I have considered making this my last semester of teaching, but I’m sure that has a lot to do with other things going on in my life. I’m currently scheduled to teach one section of English Comp in the spring, but I’ve asked for at least one more. I know it seems contradictory—if I’m considering not teaching any more, why would I ask for more classes to teach? But it’s not much more work to teach two classes than it is to teach one and if I’m going to do all the prep work for one class, I might as well teach two. Or three. We’ll see how that goes.