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Graduation

As of last Wednesday, I have officially graduated from graduate school with my MFA in Creative and Professional Writing.

It seems strange to say that I’m done with school since I’ve been in it one way or another for nearly 20 years. I still may go back for a MA in literature, but for now, I’m done.

It still hasn’t sunk in yet. I feel like in the fall I should be ordering texts for class and preparing my backpack with supplies.

I guess I’ll be doing much of the same thing because in the fall I’ll be an adjunct professor at two universities, teaching freshman writing. An adjunct professor is basically a part-time professor who teaches the underclassmen. An entry level professor. It’s the bottom of ladder, but at least I’m on a rung. I’ll be one step closer to becoming a full-time English professor. It may take years to get there, but I’m willing to stick it out.

For most of my life, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I “grew up.” I went from wanting to be an archaeologist to a doctor to an English professor. What I really want to be is a writer, but I think I can balance that with working as a professor. I’ll be teaching students about writing and literature while actively engaging in that community. I’ve seen the publishing industry change over the last five years, and I’ve been self-publishing for the last two. I’m someone who loves reading and writing, and I hope I can impart that to my future students. My life was changed drastically by the influence of a few key professors, and maybe one day, I’ll be that professor for someone.

17 thoughts on “Graduation

  1. Congratulations!! That is so very awesome. And that you actually get to put your MA to use, and *teach* – that’s double and triple awesome. Hats off, Prof!

    1. Thank you 🙂 I’m seriously looking forward to teaching. Hopefully the kids won’t hate me, lol

      1. Nah, they won’t. As long as you don’t come across stuck up and know-it-all-ish, you should be good.

      2. That hopefully won’t be an issue. I’m more worried of being ignored because I’m only a few years older than them.

      3. You can probably capitalize on that, because you still remember very well what it’s like. I remember when I was a kid in high school thinking that the young teachers were the coolest.

      4. True. I’m hoping in the beginning of the semester to give them some tips and tricks for helping themselves in college.

    1. Thanks, Whitney. My family and I went out to celebrate yesterday. Now, I’m just enjoying my summer until I teach in the fall.

      1. Sounds like a good plan. I would be torn between having a lovely and calm summer, or traveling to as many foreign cities as possible.

    1. Thank you! I’m seriously looking forward to teaching. Hopefully the kids won’t hate me.

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