A good friend of mine is studying for the GRE this Saturday. With my youngest going to kindergarten next year, I have seriously been pondering the idea of a getting a graduate degree (well, as seriously as I could ponder an idea that only occurred to me two days ago, anyway). My two biggest obstacles are the two biggest obstacles to many things in my life: time and money.
I'd LOVE to go back to school, but the idea of trying to manage that while also managing a family is overwhelming. And what if I've forgotten too much from college? And do I really want to start writing term papers and taking exams again? Seriously, my memory is not what it used to be (I'm pretty sure it's a documented fact that you lose brain cells when you have children).
Another concern is that my real love is writing fiction. Undoubtedly a master's degree will only help me, but will it be worth the cost? I highly doubt I'll be able to write what I want while going to school. And I'm concerned that getting an MFA in creative writing may be more than I can handle (or want to handle, or want to be exposed to-- I'm pretty square and I have a feeling that most college-aged writers are not). And can we afford that big expense if I don't plan on teaching or anything once I've gotten it?
Obviously I've got some things to consider...