November 11, 2002

Thinking Out Loud

Hmmmm. What to do with the rest of my life?

I want to follow a path that will lead to a future where I can grow in my writing and photography with purpose beyond that of the weblog. I would like once again to have an opportunity to teach and speak, since I gained some experience and proficiency at these things in 12 years of teaching. I want to dig deep into topics that I have a passion for, which includes gaining a fuller understanding of the culture, geography, history, natural history and music of the Appalachians. And, I would like to put knowledge to work for good, here where I live.

I have low enthusiasm for returning to my previous profession, but am not quite ready to roll over and die just yet and feel like my breadth of experience and my skills could be useful beyond the confines of my current cloistered existance. It is nice, but it is not enough. I live 40 minutes from a major university. This university has one of just a few graduate programs in Appalachian studies in the country.

DUH! Today I will make initial inquiries into the Appalachian Studies program at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Virginia Tech. AAAArrrggh! Could it be that I will have to take the GRE...for the THIRD TIME!?

Tune in again tomorrow for the next installment in the continuing story of "The Reinvention of Fred". (Significant and divergent plot changes may occur unpredictably on a daily basis.)

Posted by fred1st at November 11, 2002 07:22 AM


Here's hoping that you get lucky and, like me, are able to waive the GRE requirement on the basis of previous work/life experience. At Georgia State they gave me a pass based on the fact that I'd been working in my field of study for the better part of my professional career. Granted, Appalachian Studies is a bit of a stretch from your previous science/medical training, but at some point they've got to say, "Okay, he's proven he has the background and the chutzpah to do graduate work, so he's in." Let's hope so, anyway.

Posted by: Curt at November 12, 2002 09:00 AM

You go, guy! You're just the kind of student that universities need. How lucky your professors will be!

Posted by: Deb at November 12, 2002 10:23 AM

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