Last week - here and here - I announced my decision to go to graduate school in order to change the non-writing portion of my working life.
I've been working on my application and I'm very pleased to announce... it is done! It really wasn't such a big deal.
While I was writing the application, the answer to the pressing question - whether to begin this September or in September 2010 - became obvious. I don't feel ready to start this year, but waiting 15 months to begin seems ridiculous. Ideally, I'd start in January, but that's not an option. So ready or not, this year it is.
It won't be the first time I accelerate or change my plans in order to take advantage of an opportunity, and I still have a few months to prepare myself, mentally and otherwise. Unfortunately, I'll have to start classes a little late, as we'll be out of town the first week of school. (Note to self: this will not be as nerve-wracking as starting high school three months late, on crutches, not knowing anyone in school. Do not have flashbacks.)
I want to thank you all for your support and encouragement. It's been great to hear your stories about your own second or third careers, or people you know who began school or new careers later. I'm feeling better and better about the whole thing.
The next step is to apply for a part-time job as a library page, to start accumulating hours with the union.