Saturday, February 22, 2014

I'm Going to Be a Pioneer!!

I'm having the most wonderful, overwhelming morning because yesterday afternoon I got the most wonderful, overwhelming news. All leaving me, well, wonderfully overwhelmed! ;)

You might remember that my new year's resolution this year was to "take chances when they present themselves, even when I’m afraid, to try to dwell less on things that I cannot control, and to accept the possibility that when things don’t work out it could be a blessing in disguise." I also said that I had taken a leap and that I was waiting for news.

I got the news I was waiting for about the leap I had taken and am now onto the accepting the challenges portion of this new year's resolution.

What the heck am I talking about?

Well, this:
Congratulations, the committee agreed that you should be admitted to the doctoral program unconditionally.  You should hear from the Graduate School in the next week or so.
I applied for the Rhetoric Ph.D program at Texas Woman's University and learned yesterday afternoon that I was accepted. Beginning in the fall, I will be a doctoral student. I'll be both a Texan and a Pioneer. I'm excited and terrified, but more than anything I'm grateful for this opportunity.

I'm only now waiting for the official letter. I've spent the whole morning pouring over their website and the Rhetoric Ph.D Handbook. Looking at their past course offerings and mulling over what they might offer in the future, divined from the course rotation PDF on their website--I want to take everything which is utterly impossible. Contemplating what my doctoral dissertation topic might be, which is actually ludicrous because I won't even be writing a doctoral dissertation for several years. Lots of other work to do first. But I obsess, it's what I do best, so that's what I've been doing. I've also spent some time considering a possible graduate assistantship and whether I could pull that off while continuing to adjunct at Tarleton.

I think I'm going to ask Matt to take me down there so I can take a peek at their campus. It's about an hour and fourty-five minute drive one way (two hours if you skip past Fort Worth entirely), so it's not going to be a short commute once I get started. Since classes are only a few days a week, it's a commute more than worth making, though adding a graduate assistantship to that would certainly make it more cumbersome. I still think it would be worth it to have that experience.

More than anything, I am awed and completely thrilled. I can't wait to get started!

*Image via TWU's Google+ page.