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I’m from New York but my driver’s license lists that my address is Ohio. My passport has a number of stamps in it. I’m the youngest of six, yet oldest son. I have a number after my initials, but not my name. I like music. I drink coffee at all times of the day. I am a follower of Jesus. I own my own business. I watch bonus features on DVD’s. For four months each year my wife and I are the same age. “I pledge allegiance to a country without borders, without politicians.” I am an ordained pastor. I’ve eaten raw horse meat. I’m fifteen inches taller than my wife, but I look up to her. I still prefer buying CDs to downloading music. I’m a night owl, who doesn’t mind getting up early. I like to shop, and my wife doesn’t. I like to play games. I moved to another country nine days after my wedding. I sometimes quote random lyrics. I believe in miracles. I prefer desktops to laptops. I like listening to audio books. I listen to hockey games on the internet. I have five sons. I'm living life mid sentence.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Somewhere Between Reality and Insanity

For a while now the thought of looking into grad school has been in the back of my mind. Part of me has wanted to continue my education since I graduated five-plus years ago, and part of this desire to continue came while I was living overseas.

During my time in Japan I had a fair amount of time to read and study and the small seed that was already in my mind began to grow. Post-college, pre-marriage there were at least two reasons I didn't continue on into a masters program. The first was I didn't know what field of study I would pursue, and secondly the financial aspects threw up red flags.

If financial concerns held me back as a twenty-something, single, the concerns even more abound at this point and time. Not only do I make four to five dollars an hour less than I did before, but I also am supporting a family on my now-reduced income. In addition I still have about seventy-five percent of my undergraduate work to pay off.

Unlike times in the past, if I were to be in a position where I could seriously consider grad school at this point I have a good idea of what field of study I would pursue. And I also have a good idea of where I would like to earn my masters degree. However, barring a miracle, which is what it would take, I don't see myself being able to carry out this dream anytime in the next decade.