(read all the way to the bottom to take my poll)
Ok, so here’s the story….
Before Matt and I got married we were thinking that we’d to overseas to teach english to make some money and travel at the same time. But as we started the process, our hearts just weren’t in it. We were too happy in our little co-op, too in love with our neighbourhood and our friends and family. Thankfully, we both felt the gentle tug that teaching english wasn’t for us at this time.
But…we also knew that our current jobs weren’t where we wanted to be either. So the wheels started turning and we began plotting our next move. In the end, we both decided to apply to school.
The moment that I decided to apply to school happened in a meeting at work where two PhDs came in to share some of their research on girls. I remembered how much I loved academic discussion but I also knew that I couldn’t apply to just any program. The wheels were turning.
After a bit of research, I found the one and only PhD program that I was interested in–a Women’s Studies program that was interdisciplinary that also housed the International Women in Conflict Zones Research Network. It perfectly married my two research interests–women and nonviolence (or the peace movement).
So, I applied. It took an UNGODLY amount of time to gather reference letters, writing samples, transcripts. And it was expensive. I knew that they only accepted 10 people into the program- but I was so desperate for a change, that I knew I needed to apply.
At the same time…
I started thinking about Midwifery..yes, as in being a midwife. I have a friend who is a midwife that was just finishing school and I was pretty intrigued. When I was first applying to universities out of high school I thought about applying to midwifery, but the idea was quickly pooh-poohed.
So, again, I did some research (seriously friends, what did we DO before the internet?) and decided to apply. This was an easy decision because the only real pain in the ass was that it cost $220. Ugh–Midwifery is an undergrad program so I had to apply through the Ontario Universities Application centre…and just like out of high school applications, you pay to apply to 3 schools/programs (hence the $220). I applied to one.
All that I needed to do for midwifery was apply online, order a transcript online and wait. No resume, no application package. And wait I did…until I got an interview. There were tears of happiness in my eyes.
Apparently over 200 people apply to the program, and I think they interviewed 60.
Then I had my interview. It was this format. Totally scary, but I had some friends who had done it for their grad programs…so I asked loads of questions.
The interview came and went and about 8 of the 10 stations went well. I clumsily talked through the “apocalypse” question where the world is exploding type thing, but in front of you is a list of 10 people, you can save 3–it lists their age, gender, and occupation, and I chose a 20 year old male exotic dancer…ugh…i was thinking procreation!
It couldn’t have gone that poorly, because yesterday I found out I got accepted.
And I was floored.
All along people asked me what I would do if I got accepted into both–and I just never thought that was a possibility. Both programs are extremely small programs (PhD 10ish, Midwifery 30)
So, here is where you come in –my real-life friends and blog friends.
What do you think I should choose?
Here are some facts about both to help you:
PhD in Women Studies at York
- At least 4 years
- Would be funded and have a TA position
- Commuting to York a few days a week on a bus probably
- Super interesting classes
- no SET job once graduated–but could teach university classes
Midwifery at McMaster
- 4 year program with 2.5 years of almost entirely clinical placements
- Can work a part time job for the first year and a half (but not during placements)
- in Hamilton–can ride my bike- no commute
- practical and will have skills that will lead to a job once graduated
- will take anatomy and health classes–which i think are really interesting
- hands-on (literally!) helping women
Ok–here’s your part– what would YOU do if you were me?
Take my poll and leave a comment!
And naturally, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has been there all along–supporting, praying, listening. I know I say this ALL the freakin’ time, but I’d never get anywhere without you all.