Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ready to Go Back to School

It's hard to believe that it was just two years ago that I received my MFA in Professional Writing from Western Connecticut State University. Time flies. Since graduating from the program I've been slowly but surely working on screenplays and enjoying the free time I've gained back. However, the free time I've come to enjoy is going to get ready for another hiatus. Why? Because I've decided to go back to school.

Even though continuing one's education can be tough at times, I believe the benefits I will receive will make the overall experience worth while. And though I still dream of the day when I option (sell) one of my screenplays or have the money and the connections to self-finance a film (I'm not giving up on that dream either) I have to live in the here and now. Lately, I've been thinking about specific things I can do today that will impact my life tomorrow.

I'm blessed to work in the field of communications. It's work I truly enjoy and not everyone gets to do the work they enjoy. I know a few people who went to college and majored in a degree program but weren't able to find work in their majors upon graduation. After I received my BA, I didn't start out with a job in my field either. I was a teacher's assistant, gymnastics instructor, high school cheerleading coach, and waitress at a country club. Thankfully that changed. I attribute that change to persistance on my part. My work in communications includes jobs in radio, television, film and video as well as public relations (which is what I currently do). The skills I've acquired and enhanced throughout the years have helped me to grow both professionally and personally. I see going back to school as part of my continued professional development.

Currently, I'm looking at a handful of schools and have actually started the application process for one. This will be a new chapter for me and I'm glad to be sharing it with you.


Sabastopol said...

What degree are you pursuing? I really thought this news was going to be a baby.

Karim said...

Yay for Aaliyah getting another degree.

dirtywater22 said...

A masters in communications and leadership. I'm sure a lot of folks thought it was going to be baby news.

dirtywater22 said...

Shout out to the hubby for your support in this new venture and posting a comment:)