This time two years ago, I was making final preparations to move to Virginia to take part in the Writer Development Program at The Motley Fool. It was a wonderful experience, and led to a great opportunity to work as a freelance writer. This was something that I enjoyed, though even I could admit that I could do better.
Well, now that I am getting set to start grad school later today, it is time for me to focus on school and prepare for whatever my future holds. Unfortunately, this means that I will no longer be a contributing writer for The Motley Fool. Continue reading “It’s Been a Blast”
I have finally decided where I will be going to grad school.
I was going to wait on a decision from the University of Utah, but I figure they would have let me know by now of they were going to offer me admission. Maryland accepted me, but I just think that it would be too cost prohibitive to go there. As much as I love the DC area, I also don’t want to go crazy with new student loans, which I would have to use to cover the difference between the GI Bill and the cost of attendance.
Continue reading “Decision Made”
In my previous post, I talked about I had narrowed my choice for grad school down to six options, and my intention to get my masters in finance. I’m sure many of my more savvy readers out there were curious why I decided to pursue that degree instead of getting my MBA. I spoke briefly about my disdain for an MBA previously, and I still view it as the de facto degree that many business-inclined folks decide to get simply to have a leg up on others that they work with or might be competing for better jobs. Good for them, but I started an online MBA once or twice and I just didn’t like the broadness of the degree. I like my education to feel more focused, and if I am not planning on going into marketing, I shouldn’t really have to take a marketing class just to know “the basics.”
So instead of trying to fit a career into a degree, which is why I went back to school for my accounting degree previously, I have decided to find a career which seems interesting enough to me and then supplement that plan with focused education. That’s why I’m planning on a degree in finance, as it will most likely enhance my intended career path. Continue reading “What I Want to be When I Grow Up”
I already talked about going back to graduate school in a previous post, so I’ll let you go read that if you want the total background of what led to my current choice.
If you’ve been following me on Twitter — at this point, why aren’t you on Twitter? — you would have seen the following tweet:
The tweet announced my final six choices for pursuing my masters in finance. I’ll get to them in a minute. After being humbled Tuesday night taking a pretest in my GMAT prep course, I realize that I have some work to do to get my score in the vicinity of 650, which I think would make me competitive for admission at my currently-targeted schools. Continue reading “Thoughts on Grad School, Part 2”