I have mentioned it a couple of times on twitter, but I am in the process of applying to go back to school for my Master's. I am planning on getting my degree in English.
This is different than the plan I had laid out for myself a few years ago. I always thought that I would graduate college and be one of the lucky ones with a job right out of school. The longer time goes from the date I graduated college, the more I wonder if someone up there is trying to tell me sometimes. Perhaps I am not meant to work in a secondary environment. Don't get me wrong, I love it. But there are other things lingering in my mind...
Had I gotten that teaching job right out of school back in 2008, I would have eventually gone back for my Master's in Education, since that is more the norm for teachers returning to school. There is nothing wrong with that, and I was never as IN to my literature as I have been in the last year or so.
The more I think about it, and the longer I am out of school, I am finding that I really want to focus more on the literature end of things. I was reading with my sophomores today from The Crucible and my class was getting really into discussing it. It clicked again in my mind-that I would prefer to just talk about the literature end of English. It is what I love. I like teaching writing and grammar too, but talking about books? It is really my passion.
I have been thinking about this for awhile and have started the process. I have just over a month to get all the pieces in to the university I am applying to, then, I'm crossing my fingers tight. I really, really want to go back to school.
Right now I am waiting to hear back from the professors I contacted for letters of recommendation. However, two of the professors I contacted I haven't heard from. I am getting a little antsy, so for those of you who have gone through this process, who else did you ask to write letters? The university says, "Please submit three letters of recommendation, preferably from professors who have taught you in literature courses. These letters should speak to your record and potential in literary studies." My interpretation is that it doesn't HAVE to be a professor, but who should I ask in case I need a back up?
Anyway, I am continuing on with the process and will let you all know what eventually happens!