Thursday, January 12, 2012
Officially a student again.
I felt kinda odd the other night as I stood in the school supplies aisle at Kroger. But I was also strangely giddy.
I am officially a student again. I had my first class today -- Statistics. It was surprisingly enjoyable and the stuff actually made sense.
One of the reasons I was excited about my new job at the University of Tennessee was the benefit of going back to school to earn a master's degree. For free. I'll have to pay for books and all, but that's it.
I began thinking: what do I love to do and what do I want to do?
I already have an undergrad degree in journalism and I lived the dream of being a newspaper reporter for nine and a half years.
Then I thought food. I like to eat. So, maybe a degree in something culinary? But I realized I would eat everything in class rather than pay attention, so a degree in that area probably wasn't a good idea.
Then I thought exercise. I love working out and I love helping people in their quest to eat well and stay healthy. The more I looked into the UT kinesiology graduate program -- particularly the exercise physiology concentration (it's basically exercise science) -- the more intrigued I became. I met with the department head, spoke to some professors and attended a club meeting. I think it might be a good fit.
I've got a bunch of prerequisites to do before I start the graduate program -- largely math and science. Those two subjects were never my favorite.
I'm hoping I've developed a secret love for them in the almost 10 years I've been away from undergrad. We'll see.