Over the past few days, and after reading J. Dakar’s ‘Open Up’ post on his Write State of Mind blog, I’ve been doing a great deal of thinking about what I want to do after I graduate from Morgan State. My mind usually oscillates between going to grad school and entering the workforce sans Master’s Degree. After some serious thinking, I’ve decided that my next step will be grad school. My ultimate goal? A Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. At this point, I’m researching these grad schools:
Morgan State University
City College of New York
University of Maryland, College Park
Johns Hopkins University
University of Miami
Florida International University
For some strange reason, Georgia Tech was the first school I thought about when I decided I wanted to tackle the beast that is Graduate School. I’ve been saying for the longest that relocating to Atlanta was in the cards for me. Going to Georgia Tech will definitely give me the opportunity to plant roots in The Peachtree State. Now that I think about it, knowing how much of an introvert I am, I’d be virtually alone in Atlanta if I just moved down there after completing my B.S. Degree. Anyways, between cooking earlier and being on the phone with 3 of the 5 Best Friends today at various times, I found myself checking out GA Tech’s website. The only think that I wasn’t feeling was the price of tuition lol. But hey that’s a given (seeing as how I’d be an out of state student that first year or so.)
I have two years left until my undergraduate matriculation concludes at Morgan State University. In order for me to get into graduate school, I definitely need to improve upon some of the areas of my undergraduate career (lack of participation in extracurriculars, socially flying under the radar, not knowing any of the faculty in my dept, etc.). At this point, GA Tech is my first choice school, but you never know. I may discover another school in a mid to large sized city that has my major.
If you noticed, of the schools in 6 of the 9 schools in that list are not local schools. At this point, I’d say that after living home for almost 22 years, it’s time to flex that independence muscle. Plus, living on my own in a new city will give me a chance to really see if I could actually survive on my own. I’d hate to leave all of my friends, family and haunts behind, but at the same time, no one is gonna be going anywhere. I’ve been saying for the longest that I wanted to get the hell out of Baltimore and going to school in another state will definitely help to accomplish that goal.
Knowing how selective (and freaking expensive) schools like Hopkins, U of Miami, and College Park are, I’m definitely gonna have to start busting my ass so that I can receive acceptance letters from all 9 schools. Time, determination and hard work will tell how all this unfolds.
*Side Note: If any one remembers, I’ve talked about internships in the past. I have yet to hear back from any of them. Granted, some of their deadlines were within the past week or two but I’m starting to get anxious.*
Shouts out to J. Dakar for the inspiration for this post
Random Thought of the Moment: “I need to call Best Friend E, I haven’t heard from her since last week.”
The Song of the Moment: “The Life” by Alicia Keys
Thank you kindly for the shout out and I’m glad to hear you’ve decided what’s next.
I can’t quite figure out how “Open Up” inspired this, though.
That’s great that you finally have mission. My brother went to GA tech and got a degree in aerospace engineering. Two of his best friends also went there and got engineering degrees. In one word: PAID. And they all loved GA Tech. Keep it on your list!
And what do you mean, you need to see “if” you could survive on your own? You need to see “that” you can survive on your own.
what ever u decide just think it out as much as possible
My bad P. It was like 1 in the morning when I wrote this, so my sense of spelling and grammar was pretty much shot.
I have quite a few friends who’ve finished GT in engineering, architecture and policy. They’re all doing very well for themselves now. If you wanna get in touch with them, let me know. Just know that Morgan State to Georgia Tech will be a MAJOR cultural change. lol Best wishes.
I am so proud of you! Yet another one of my friends to have a purposeful mission when they graduate! I think its a perfect opportunity for you to have independence and open up more to people..well…you dont have a choice!!! lol But I’m also thinking along these lines. baltimore is developing a reputation I no longer want to be associated with:-( Not saying I’m abondaning it leaving is more of a possibility for me.