I withdrew from school, despite the fact that I nearly knocked myself out to maintain a 3.9 GPA, at 90+ hours because I realized with dawning horror that I had no life except for grade grubbing and working part-time, and that I was no longer enjoying school, that it had robbed me of my love of pleasure reading, and that I have zero desire to teach. WHY THE HELL AM I DOING THIS? I AM WASTING MY YOUTH!! ARGH!! *runs away to the West coast*
Of course there were complex reasons for this, including feeling isolated in West Virginia because of the smaller population after residing in a major city like Las Vegas for much of my adult life before college (although I also lived in Orange County for a year before moving to Vegas, this still added up to a seven year experience of West coast urban living incompatible with small town ways).
At any rate I have used the last two years of my life to work and hang out and contemplate what I want to do, and I have come to the conclusion that I have two options:
1) Attend culinary or massage school for certification in a more "hands on" trade, which will only take approximately two semesters.
2) Return to university, switch my major to history, and go to grad school at SCAD in Georgia to get an MA in historic preservation.
I had already considered going to the Savannah College of Art and Design for grad school at least a year prior to withdrawing from WVSU, because I had already begun my disillusionment with the teaching profession, and know that very little can be done with a B.A. in English unless I plan to get a certification in teaching, or attend grad school for journalism or library science (no and no), or go to law school (NO).
I really do think historic preservation may be the way for me to go, because what if I tire of culinary or massage in a few years, and want to pursue something else? I want to hold on to my ability to retrieve a certain amount of money as an undergraduate so I CAN GET A DEGREE IN THE RIGHT THING.
So if I do return to university as a history major, what are the odds that I could pay for a private school like SCAD for grad school with loans and scholarships? Is this a ridiculous idea?
People have told me that you are awarded more money as a grad student than as an undergraduate, so I thought this may not be an issue...but on the other hand, perhaps it's still not enough to cover a private school.
Historic Preservation program at SCAD