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(Regarding the opera song... I got home and managed to download those two songs from Carmen, but while they were both good songs that I recognised, neither of them sounded like what I think I'm looking for. And because current filesharing tools are crappy, I couldn't find any of the other recommended songs, so I'm still a bit stumped.)

Sarah's professor recently suggested that perhaps Sarah and I could attend graduate school at the same time if we could both get some sort of assistantship that would cover our tuition and pay us a stipend to live on.

That sounds good to me. I want to go back to school, and URI has a C.S. master's program with a focus on computers in education, which is a subject I'm very interested in. The problem is, there are a very small number of assistantships available, so I'm not at all guaranteed to get one, and neither is Sarah in her M.L.I.S. program. And without us each getting one, the plan wouldn't work.

So the question becomes: do I go through the application process (take the GRE test and then apply for the program, about a $150 investment total) and then (granted I actually get into the program) see if I can get an assistantship of some sort and if not, withdraw my enrollment? Or do I wait until Sarah has earned her M.L.I.S. (about 2.5 years from now) and found a job to support us, and then do my master's?

The director of graduate studies suggests that I look into getting the Coast Guard to pay for the degree. While this is certainly an option, it would require 1) getting actually hired by the Coast Guard instead of just being a subcontractor, and having that happen before my contract officially ends (at the end of next September), 2) convincing them to invest a load of money in my education right off the bat, and 3) feeling obligated to work for them afterwards despite the fact that I'd rather gnaw off my own leg than continue working here after my contract ends. So I'm not seriously considering that option.

He also points out that there are many outside agencies that offer full fellowships, but they are very competitive and I don't feel like the sort of exceptional student who gets big ol' NSF grants, so I don't want to depend on that sort of thing.

Any suggestions?

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aussie_nyc
Oct. 1st, 2003 06:49 am (UTC)
Maybe that one from The Marriage of Figaro that was also portrayed as an impromptu welcome march in Amadeus, played on harpsichord.
rfreebern
Oct. 1st, 2003 07:05 am (UTC)
You think The Marriage of Figaro can help me afford graduate school?
aussie_nyc
Oct. 1st, 2003 07:10 am (UTC)
Maybe not, but I bet patronage from the Austrian Emperor would be a major boost.
rfreebern
Oct. 1st, 2003 07:13 am (UTC)
I'll talk to fourcoffees about that, then. Perhaps he can get me an in with the royal court.
off_coloratura
Oct. 1st, 2003 10:38 am (UTC)
That was "Non piu andrai." Sung by Figaro.
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rfreebern
Oct. 1st, 2003 11:30 am (UTC)
Re: assistantships
Sarah's degree is a Master of Library and Information Science degree, so MLIS. The library job market is decent right now and is expected to get better and better in the next few year, since the current crop of employed librarians are starting to reach retirement age and there aren't terribly many new ones to take their places. A school librarian in a fair-sized district can easily make enough to support a family of two right now, surprisingly enough. So planning on that sort of thing wouldn't be too foolhardy. But I'd prefer to get started on my MS sooner rather than later.

I discussed this further with Sarah over lunch, and we concluded that taking the GRE, applying, and actually trying to find an assistantship is the best course of action. Since the GRE scores are good for several years, even if we can't finagle this right now, I'll still be ready to enroll next time around.

Thanks for the encouragement!
mskittie
Oct. 2nd, 2003 07:54 am (UTC)
Opera Smopera
Sadly the only opera I know of is Madame Butterfly, is it madam butterfly? :-)
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