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    scout2family is offline Registered User
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kizmet View Post
    That's great news. My own thing hasn't worked out (again). I'm back at the drawing board but not feeling all that motivated at the moment.
    It's been a few weeks... are you motivated now? New path? Update :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by scout2family View Post
    It's been a few weeks... are you motivated now? New path? Update :)
    My own situation is reflective of many of the conversations we've had on this board. My degree in Engineering Technology has given me a career that allows me to live modestly and independently, pay my bills and enjoy some minor luxuries like owning my own home, a pool and some time/money for hobbies, etc. At the same time, I don't mind saying that my job is not very interesting or fun. I like some of the people I run into but that doesn't always balance the scales for me. Coming out of high school my personal situation was such that I had to be self-reliant and I made choices that supported that goal. I have what I consider to be a comfortable life but it's not very personally fulfilling. I have other interests but the prospect of making a living at them are slim. I have sampled several different schools and I'm confident in my ability to perform academically in grad school. The programs that interest me the most are not cheap (don't bother. believe me, I've checked) and so to me this means that they also demand a serious commitment.. I have only minor tuition support from my employer, no military background and none of the other traditional sources of funding for grad school. It would all be out of pocket. I have, in effect, become the poster child for the "Fries with that?" debate. So, do you stay put, stay safe and read a bunch of books to pseudo-satisfy your interests or do you take the plunge and go all in. If I choose the latter you'll likely know it because I'll disappear from this board due to not having enough time, etc. Stay tuned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kizmet View Post
    My own situation is reflective of many of the conversations we've had on this board. My degree in Engineering Technology has given me a career that allows me to live modestly and independently, pay my bills and enjoy some minor luxuries like owning my own home, a pool and some time/money for hobbies, etc. At the same time, I don't mind saying that my job is not very interesting or fun. I like some of the people I run into but that doesn't always balance the scales for me. Coming out of high school my personal situation was such that I had to be self-reliant and I made choices that supported that goal. I have what I consider to be a comfortable life but it's not very personally fulfilling. I have other interests but the prospect of making a living at them are slim. I have sampled several different schools and I'm confident in my ability to perform academically in grad school. The programs that interest me the most are not cheap (don't bother. believe me, I've checked) and so to me this means that they also demand a serious commitment.. I have only minor tuition support from my employer, no military background and none of the other traditional sources of funding for grad school. It would all be out of pocket. I have, in effect, become the poster child for the "Fries with that?" debate. So, do you stay put, stay safe and read a bunch of books to pseudo-satisfy your interests or do you take the plunge and go all in. If I choose the latter you'll likely know it because I'll disappear from this board due to not having enough time, etc. Stay tuned.
    If I may make a suggestion, I'm a big fan of MOOC's, they might be just what you need to satiate your desire for learning, or reignite your interest for a formal program. The overwhelming majority are free (about $50 if you want the certificate), and I've been very satisfied with my experience.
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    B.A. (Criminal Justice) Curry College
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    M.A. (Forensic & Counseling Psychology) Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
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