After ten years of being out of the classroom I’ll step back in and take a seat for the next three years.  Over the last ten years I’ve taught numerous classes, and guest lectured in a handful more. However, now I will be on the receiving end of the knowledge.  Late last year I decided I was finally going to move forward on a long standing goal of mine, to complete a terminal degree.  About five years ago I toyed with the idea, but I soon noticed once “we” hit high school I needed to focus on energy on helping Allison and Brandon get through school first.  Then comes baby, but now that the older kids are almost done with school, and Catherine has a few years until she starts I’m going to slip in these three years of doctoral work.  Sounds easy, huh?

It’s been quite the ride from applying to programs, to taking the GRE and the process of registering for classes.  Although I’ve been on a college campus for the 15 years things have sure changed.  Thank goodness for academic advisers, because I honestly feel old when I send emails like “did I submit that application correctly?” or ” did I registered for classes correctly?” And I’m pretty sure the student assistants at the financial aid office probably think I’m ancient with all my questions.   Thanks goodness for students affairs professionals!

applying to be a #dawg #phd

There is a new program starting that I have the pleasure to be a part of in the first cohort of students.  Its a program in Student Affairs Leadership, very similar to my masters program, which will be a great extension from that experience.  There will be two classes each semester, including summer, for the next three years.  I’ll complete a dissertation and commence through the experience with 12 other people from institutions all over Georgia.  This program is designed for someone who works full time, and was created to give full time professionals an opportunity to go back to school without having to step back from their job.  It’ll be one week in Athens each May, and once a moth to the Griffin campus for class.  The rest of the time it’ll be mixed format, online when I’m able to carve out time for school work.
decision made #edd #studentaffairs #uga

From what I learned studying for the GRE is that I’ll really need to carve out the time to read, and do the schoolwork, and to stay ahead as much as possible.  During my masters program I was notorious for having papers done well in advance of the deadline, so I’m hoping to maintain this same reputation.

But overall, I’m really excited about being able to start this program, and being fortunate enough to have my employer paying 1/2 the tuition! It’ll test my time management skills and being able to balance family and work but I have a super hubby that’ll be supporting me through it all! Team Puddin!

  1 comment for “UGA

  1. May 5, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Jag tycker det ligger mycket i det Linn skriver ang att spruta sin häst. Tolkar det inte alls som att hon ser nedvärderande på alla som gör det utan just att fler borde ställa sig frågan varför. I flera fall tror jag faktiskt att man skulle hitta en anledning. Fel underlag, för mycket hoppning, för lite återhämtning osv. Om man inte tar sig en funderare kommer man ju bara fortsätta på samma spår med fler skador som följd isf. Sen kan det ju vara att man inte hittar någon klar anledning. Men om man åtminstone tar sig en ordentlig funderare och granskar det man gör med kritiska ögon så tycker jag att man har tagit sitt ansvar som ryttar. Inte bara tänka att ”det är vanligt” utan fråga varför det händer. Vissa hästar kommer bli skadade hur bra man än rider. Men att bara säga att ”ja det är inte konstigt att min häst behöver behandlas, den går 150 hoppning” tycker jag är en dålig ursäkt innan man har funderat över den verkliga lösningen. Kanske beror det inte alls på hinderhöjden utan på att du galopperar på gör mycket hårt underlag. Och isf är det ju lätt att göra något åt.

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