I have a pretty big decision to make in the next two weeks….
But let me back up for a sec. I was in grad school for sports management two years ago. I only completed a year and haven’t finished my degree yet. I was also getting paid to obtain my degree, as a graduate assistant working in the athletics department.
But since I’ve moved to Arizona, that’s not the case anymore. About two weeks ago, I was accepted at Arizona State to transfer my master’s units over there, but I would have to start from scratch with a totally new major (French Comparative Literature). I originally applied for a TAship, but was told funding would be cut in the next academic year, so I’d have to pay out-of-state tuition in full, by myself.
But yesterday… (you see where this is going) I received a TAship offer letter! School and insurance paid in full by the university, along with a monthly stipend, provided I teach two French undergrad courses and hold office hours.
I’ve taught English in France, majored in French and English as an undergrad, worked in professional sports, worked in collegiate athletics and was a journalist for a sports page. Oh yeah, and while I’m working for the Diamondbacks here, I’ve also been tutoring and subbing for high school classes.
So, do I want to go to grad school and push my interests more towards academic? Or do I want to continue pursuing my athletics profession (which is rooted in about five years of experience now)? OR, can I do both at the same time?! I mean, I kind of already am.
Anyways, I have two weeks to accept or deny my admission and I’m super excited, but also quite nervous! I haven’t written or spoken academic French in several years. And oh yeah, have I mentioned that there is a graduate study/TA abroad semester option in your second year….?
I’m excited to see what my future has in store for me :)
Suggestions/comments on my upcoming decision are welcomed and appreciated!!! :)