The Long, Slow Game

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Maniac Craniac, Aug 7, 2020.

  1. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    Disclaimer: This is yet another 'What's Manaic's next move?' thread. Proceed at your own risk!

    I had a job offer on hold due to the pandemic, but will finally begin in 2 weeks! This will be the first time in several years that I work as an employee as opposed to a freelancer, and it comes with good pay and a gorgeous benefits package I never thought I'd have.

    This means, however, that my plan to become an SLP has to be put on hold, as the opportunity cost would be too great (a good problem to have!). I need to take this job I have before me and run with it for as much and as long as I can.

    One of the benefits I will receive, after a year of employment, is tuition reimbursement!!! To the tune of $2k per year, to be precise. For that reason, I am currently plotting out the long, slow game of getting a graduate degree. The more calendar years I can drag my studies into, the more tuition reimbursement I can use towards it.

    Some obvious personal caveats:

    1) There's no telling how long I will remain at this job.

    2) If it takes me longer to complete a degree, I might miss out on an opportunity that would have
    required me to have the degree done earlier.

    I have accounted for these possibilities in my plan. In either case, I will attempt to milk my benefits for all they are worth and for as long as I can.

    My current considerations are:

    1) MBA from Georgia Southwestern. If I finish it in 3 academic years (but spread my credits into four calendar years), I can get this degree at no cost to myself.

    2) MA in Applied Linguistics from either Hellenic American University or UMass. The HAU degree costs about half that of UMass, but doesn't have the same name recognition. How much is that recognition worth to me? I'm a cheapo, so I'm leaning towards HAU, but my mind might change when I have more discretionary funds in savings.

    3) After 1 and/or 2, a Ph.D in... something. Less of a career move than a personal accomplishment, but who knows where it could lead? This is where the long and the slow really come into play. I don't know how long I can drag out doctoral studies, but the longer the better for both my mental and financial health.

    As usual, everything is up in the air and subject to change. For now, I'm still stuck at the drawing board, but with more options to ponder. :)
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  2. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    Oh, and I haven't tossed out the idea of becoming an SLP, it's just on indefinite hold.

    I failed to mention that the tuition reimbursement wont cover SLP courses since it's not closely enough related to anything the company does. If I ever get to go that route, it will have to be after the picture starts becoming clearer as to how long I will stick with this job.
  3. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    It seems like you're planing to be there a long time if the benefits don't kick in for a year and it would take three academic years beyond that. (Which is a good thing.)
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  4. AsianStew

    AsianStew Active Member

    I am a cheapo too! Oh wait, let's not call each other cheap, we're just "really good with our money and put it this way - one word, frugal". I currently don't have tuition assistance/reimbursement. My educational goals are similar to yours, get an ACBSP MBA at Walden and an extra MS Psychology with them as their 50% tuition deal is just too good to pass up for their Tempo competency based degree programs. My final ladder would be an affordable DBA & PsyD (clinical psychology) at California Southern University as their program is ACBSP and the Psych program can lead to licensure.
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  5. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I note your Bachelor's is ACBSP also. Three ACBSP degrees? At that point, they should reward you with ownership - shares in ACBSP. And maybe enough of them to get you Board representation.... :)
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  7. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Try UNISA, then. They're good at that. I've heard of 10-12 years there! But at $2000+ a year, that's doable, I guess. :) Fits in with your benefits. You'll be done by the time you retire!
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  8. GregWatts

    GregWatts Active Member

    One other aspect you may want to consider. Taking it "slow" enables a person to balance academic interests, professional responsibilities, and a personal life in a more optimal way. I am on the verge of completing a 2 years part-time graduate degree; would have highly preferred it if I had the flexibility to extend and have more balance over the last 2 years.
  9. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I hear you, Greg. Well said. I think we all do - or most of us, anyway. As Maniac said, the long and the slow is better for his mental health. And I believe that might be for the very reasons you wrote about. Grad school is not where one should "cram, do exam and forget." No higher ed. school is the right place for that, but it's unfortunately a necessity sometimes - particularly for those in a hurry to meet a must-have-degree deadline or amassing credits from several sources.

    Congratulations on nearing the finish line for your grad degree. :)
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  10. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    This week, I've been thinking about an old favorite of mine- Amberton's MS in Human Relations & Business. I've always liked how Amberton sets itself apart from other schools by aiming for a student base of working adults, having 10 week semesters and having off-the-beaten-path degrees like that one. Good price, too.

    It's a bit of an odd duck. It's the only degree of its kind, and there's no clear cut answer to the question of what one could do with this degree that they couldn't do without it.

    There is this magical allure to having the letters MBA attached to my signature, but it seems like everyone, his monkey's uncle and his Uber driver has an MBA these days. Something a little different, like what Amberton offers, might have the lasting advantage of never going out of style because it never was in style to begin with.

    If one could ever get a graduate degree purely by life experience, I'd surely have at least one doctorate in Indecision and Postponement by now :emoji_confused:
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  11. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    My out of style is coming back
    I'm bored but I'm excited
    Our out of style is coming back
    We're bored but we're excited...

    (Matthew Good Band)

    Someone once asked Salvador Dali, the famed surrealist artist, what was the height of fashion?
    His reply: "Whatever is not."
    And I'd have six bullet-proof RA doctorates in procrastination. I've been working at it longer.
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  12. AsianStew

    AsianStew Active Member

    Amberton's a good school, they're geared or made for Adult learners. The Masters in Professional Development might have the most flexibility but I say, stay the course for MBA if it's what you're looking for.
  13. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    If I knew what I was looking for, there's a halfway decent chance I would have it by now :D
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  14. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    I'm intrigued about how one "works" on procrastination? How do you ever get around to doing it?:D
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  15. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    By valiantly resisting the urge to do anything significant. Every time opportunity knocked, I had to hold myself back from answering the door. Sometimes I'd feel a strong urge to make up for lost time. "But then it won't be lost anymore," I'd convince myself and I'd have to lie down till the urge went away.

    Oh, it was hard, Rich, but I did it. And now I have my reward. I'm 77, with an eight-page bucket list. I'm determined not to "go anywhere" till it's done. I'll be at least 160...more, if I can keep putting things off. And I'm trying hard...
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  16. Messdiener

    Messdiener Member

    Prior to this thread, I hadn't heard of the Hellenic American University linguistics program (nor the institution proper!).

    Besides the cheap price, what interests you about this program, MC?
  17. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    I love the study of human language, and am privileged to work as a multilingual interpreter, translator, freelance writer and private language tutor. Linguistics is my "dream" field of study- something I would pursue even if I were a billionaire and never worked another day in my life.

    Other than the price, I'm intrigued by the fact that HAU is a very new school with an international reach and I wonder if they might provide a fresh perspective. The linguistics program also boasts an extremely impressive faculty.
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  18. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    There is a Twilight Zone episode, One for the Angels, this reminds me of.
  19. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    MC - there's only one valid answer here, Linguistics!

    BUT, if you absolutely, positively, must get an MBA, perhaps this online, AACSB-accredited degree from LSU Shreveport would fit the bill. Only 12k and change. Can be completed in 10 months, though I suppose you could ask if it can be stretched out to 6 years! (scroll down for several MBA options w/ various concentrations).
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  20. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    japhy!!!! I've been missing you around here. Good see you peak out from the rock you were hiding under!!

    Of course, you're right. Linguistics!!!! Is and always has been the only answer. It's the only degree I could ever see myself wondering "what if..." should I never come to complete it.

    On that note- I've just learned of the University of Birmingham's tremendous catalog (or should I say, catalogue) of graduate degrees by DL. They have a part time MA in Applied Linguistics that can be stretched out to several years of study. The current cost is around $13k!!! I had to do a double take, and also check with a representative to make sure the international fees are the same as UK students (they are!!!) The degree culminates in a 15,000 word dissertation where the student submits original research. Sounds like fun- like a mini-doctorate. I also confirmed that most of the courses are self paced.

    This is probably the most tempting offering I've ever come across. The degree I want, from a top university, with flexibility, structure and price that are hard to beat.
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