Hello, everyone! I'm a bit new here. I've been reading these forums for quite some time, and I would love to ask you for some advice. I graduated with my BA in English from a college in New Jersey in 2012, and then I went to NYU for my master's in humanities. I consider NYU to be the biggest mistake of my life. I was so unhappy there, and it wasn't the right fit of a school. I took so many classes irrelevant to my field of study, and I encountered so much coldness from the professors and students. I did learn a lot while I was there, but if I could go back in time, I would have chosen a different school. For the past six years, I have been working as a high school English teacher and adjunct professor at a community college. I've been so happy with my jobs, but I still want to pursue a PhD. It has been a personal goal of mine for quite some time. I got into an unfunded PhD program in Philadelphia, but I cannot attend because the class times conflict with my job. I know it sounds crazy, but I really want to keep my jobs while pursuing my doctorate. Therefore, a distance-learning PhD seemed like the perfect route for me. Has anyone ever heard of, or graduated from, Old Dominion University in Virginia? It seems like a wonderful idea, but I'm scared. I'm scared because I went to a top-ten university and many users on another forum told me I would be "downgrading" or "settling for a bus pass instead of a Maserati." I thought about doing a distance PhD in the UK, but I actually want to take more literary classes, since my MA was in humanities. I want to catch up on the works of literature I missed out on in graduate school. I apologize for this long post, but I guess my main questions are: 1. Would it be "downgrading" or "settling for a bus pass" if I go to Old Dominion University? 2. I don't really want a job as a professor. I'm happy being a high school teacher, but I've always wanted my doctorate. Would it matter if I get a degree from a lesser-known school? Thank you so much in advance.