Some other goings-ons in my life

For the most part I have kept this blog strictly about running. I thought I would diverge from that routine today to talk about something else that I have been working on for the past few weeks. After years of indecision and numerous talks with my husband regarding financing/time commitments/etc, I’ve decided to go back to school. Specifically I am planning to start working towards a Masters degree in library science.

Although I’m still not sure how I will balance working full time, classes/homework, running, and normal life stuff, I’m really quite excited! I actually made the decision to apply back in September, but I told myself that I didn’t need to get started on the application process until after the marathon. Obviously that time has come!

I didn’t have time this weekend to write my usual Monday training check-in because I was busy hitting the books. Monday morning I was taking the GRE. If you are not familiar with grad school applications, it is a delightful 4 hour standardized test that some schools require for admittance. It is required for the school to which I am applying.

I finished my undergraduate degree almost seven years ago. I have not studied for almost seven years. I was really out of practice, but I found after a week of feeling really, really stupid, things started to come together. I think with another week or two of studying, I could have done even better on the test. But with that said, my preliminary scores are high enough that I shouldn’t need to take it a second time! Which is awesome because the test costs $200.

I still have quite a lot of work to do to finish my application, including writing two essays, and, of course, I still need to actually be accepted in the school, but I am really looking forward to this new chapter in my life. Hopefully you won’t mind a few more school related updates mixed in with the running posts.

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7 thoughts on “Some other goings-ons in my life

  1. Congratulations on the good score on your GRE! That test is the worst. Good luck with the application process. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your decision to return to school.

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  2. Thanks Lizzie! I'm so relieved to have that part of the application behind me. I feel like I can't complain too much about the GRE because other people at the testing center were doing some 9 hour test. I can't imagine.

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  3. Thanks Lisa! The program I am applying to doesn't have a minimum score, but they do post the average score of their accepted applicants. I knew I would be close to the average and was really crossing my fingers that I would at the least get the average. It was such a HUGE relief to get the average.

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  4. Congrats on a huge decision! I went back to school a few years ago and got my master's and I was very happy with my decision. It was before I was a teacher, so it led me to my current career. Now, my job would pay for me to go back so lately I've been considering an MBA. But, do I want to do all of that work? Ughhh decisions! I am excited for you!

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