A GeoMaster attempts to get a Master’s in Geography

After a summer of last minute applications and barely studying for the GRE, I finally got into the geography master’s program at my alma mater!  I’ll also be working as a teaching assistant for a class I never took.  I’m excited and terrified at the same time.

Image from CSULB Geography Dept. Page

Image from CSULB Geography Dept. Page

I’d always considered going to graduate school, but my first plan had been to take a semester off and then go back to school.  But thanks to the insistence of the graduate advisor, among others (and the knowledge that getting a paying TA job would be better in the fall),  I decided to go straight in.  Even though I’m not exactly sure what I want to study yet.  Yeah, I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me.

When I graduated in May, earning my bachelor’s degrees, it hadn’t felt like school was done and over yet.  Now that I’m heading back, knowing that a lot of the people I use to go to class with are gone and that there won’t be a journalism side to my classes makes me feel a bit lonely and awkward.  Almost like I’m a freshman again, staring college for the first time.

But I got through that and had some of the best times of my life.  Hopefully this will only add to them.  After all, in truth I’m a huge nerd and love school.  I may even become a professor someday.  Let’s hope I survive the next two, three years or however long it takes me to write a thesis.  (Technically I have seven years, but even I don’t love school that much).

Image from CSULB Geography Dept. Page

Image from CSULB Geography Dept. Page

Will I go on to get a PhD?  I don’t think so.  We’ll have to wait and see if I come out of the master’s program with my sanity intact.  Fingers crossed.

Note: I was supposed to write a few posts about some activities I did over the summer and spring but grad school stuff and my general laziness got in the way.  With school starting I’m not sure how often I’ll be able to post on here, but I’ll try my best.



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