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~TD~

if you're here, how did the test go? What was your immediate score? H just got his total score.

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  • TheDuckisTheDuckis member
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    edited December 2011
    Ugh, 610. I'm pissed at myself because I did much better than that on practice tests. Then again, I sortof stopped studying over the weekend, (for obvious reasons), so I knew I wasn't going to be as sharp as I could have been.

    I've always just worked under the assumption that if I didn't like my score I could take a class and then retake the exam, so that's definitely an option, but I would have liked to have it over with. Also, before I lay out that kind of $ I want to be damn sure that I'm going to grad school. I'm still waffling at this point, so I have a pretty big decision to make in the next week or two.
  • edited December 2011
    That was what H got. He's not thrilled either. he did get 6/6 on the essays.

    H is still up in the air about going to grad school too. He doesn't know what he wants to be when he grows up. But the degree can't hurt and no one can take it away from you.

    Really if we could afford it (if I made more money) I'd send him to watchmakers school, Gem Institute of America,  or to do an art history masters. With the AH MA he could work for Christie's or Sotheby's. Really.. I just want him to be happy. But I also want us to be able to financially survive.
  • TheDuckisTheDuckis member
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    edited December 2011
    Is watchmaker's school really more expensive than an MBA program? One of the things holding me back is the pricetag. We can afford it, but I'm just not sure about the ROI. It makes sense if I want to spend the rest of my life in management in the corporate world, but that's kindof the opposite of what I want to do. And while I'd like a job where I make lots of money, I remember how soul-crushing my last job was, and would rather not go through that again.

    The funny thing is, before I started thinking about MBAs, I was researching MFA programs, and now I'm kindof back in that train of thought. It's a lot less marketable, but a lot more in line with my actual goals.
  • edited December 2011
    He can get his current company to cover most of an MBA. The schools he's looking at are all within that price range so there would be little to no out of pocket cost to us.

    Watchmakers school is completely paid for (if you get in) because it's through one of the big watch makers. It's not easy to get in - though we both know he totally would. It would require him (or us) to move to rural PA. Job prospects for me would be slim. COL would be low but not low enough if I couldn't find a job and we have a baby.

    I've been toying with the idea of getting my MFA or MSW. but there isn't anyone who will cover the schooling costs for an MSW, though it could totally help me in my current work environment.





  • TheDuckisTheDuckis member
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    edited December 2011
    Ah, yes, if I had a job that was willing to pay for it it would be a much easier decision.
  • edited December 2011
    That's exactly the dilemma. He can get someone else to pay for it, but does he want to do anything with it after he gets it?
  • edited December 2011
    TD, is there a way you can get a Masters that's not an MBA but still get the ROI on it?  The reason I ask is because I have an M.Ed. and I work in Education Management but I'm basically treated like I have an MBA.  The degree has been a win/win for me.
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  • TheDuckisTheDuckis member
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    edited December 2011
    That's one of the reasons I'm considering the MFA. Even though it's marketable for a much narrower field of jobs, it's perfect for the field I want to be in. I already have an unmarketable undergrad degree though, so the thought behind the MBA was to expand my possibilities.
  • edited December 2011
    Honestly, if you're going to go to grad school, at least get a degree you will enjoy.  Plus I see you're local to me -- with the MFA, you might be able to pay in state, more affordable tuition.  I got my M.Ed. at UVa and it ended up costing me a year's living expenses after all of my funding.  There's no such thing as an affordable MBA, even from a state school.  I know both Darden and Smith are expensive, even in state.
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  • TheDuckisTheDuckis member
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    edited December 2011
    Does DC still do in-state tuition for any state school in the country? (Not that it matters, I don't live there anymore, H and I moved across the country last year.)
  • edited December 2011
    It's actually only a 10k/year stipend for schools outside of DC, from what I understand AND it's taxable as income.  But yeah, it's still available.  Would have been nice when I was a DC resident heading for an expensive SLAC for undergrad. 

    There are also education common market agreements in the neighboring states, so I get those mixed up (I deal with them sometimes at work).  With those if, say, Maryland doesn't have a Forestry program in its schools, you can go to Tenn or VA to a school that does for in-state tuition.  That's why Virginia Tech's Vet School is in state to Marylanders.
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