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About 10:00 Friday night, Jim and I (exhausted from prolonged hootenannying) snuggled down for slumber, when the phone rang. The conversation went something like this:


"Hello. Is this Amy Carlton? I'm a professor at North Park University, and you sent us a postcard a while back asking for information about our non-profit management master's program. Are you still interested? Because I've got a lot of scholarship money for this year that I haven't given away yet."

"Is this a joke?"


"Well, alrighty then!"

So yesterday I went to an informational meeting at the school, received a "career transitions" scholarship designed for people who are unemployed because of layoffs or downsizing (and which covers a whopping 40% of my tuition), and registered for classes. I vacillated between doing one or two shorter certificate programs (5 courses) or the full master's (18 courses), but this is what I really want to do, so I'm going for the whole enchilada.

I am now a candidate for a master's degree from North Park University's* School of Business and Nonprofit Management and I am freaking right out. I mean, who calls people in the middle of the night offering scholarships? Two days ago I was just an unemployed schlub toying with the idea of going back to school, and now I am a grad student. I have to track down some student loans and sign up to take the MAT. I need school supplies. I need to buy the books and start reading because classes start this Saturday! Holy shit.

Wish me luck!

Replies: 12 Confessions

This is so right. I have a bias in favor of grad school, of course, but I still think this is the perfect career path for you. And I like the idea of North Park paying its own money to promote a woman intent on widening the breach between church and state. Yay, I say. Yay!
PS I have some extra yellow hiliters if you run short.

elavil @ 08/18/2003 08:56 AM CST

I think Amy's going over to Office Max Depot Shack Hole Corp sometime this week, to get some school supplies. The shopping list: ruler, protractor, white glue, pencils, compass, Trapper Keeper, glittery unicorn stickers for folders, and pemmican.

jima @ 08/18/2003 09:07 AM CST

And washable magic markers. But she won't really be a grad student till she gets her copy card.

elavil @ 08/18/2003 09:51 AM CST

YAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!! Congratulations!

frida @ 08/18/2003 11:30 AM CST

PRAISE! Now let us find a fattened calf and sacrifice it upon the burning pyre in honor of our love for Christianity…unless you were thinking lions, perhaps? A fattened calf would be easier to come by for all of this.

-J. @ 08/18/2003 11:41 AM CST

Hey! No lions!

elavil @ 08/18/2003 11:55 AM CST

YAY YAY YAY!!!! I am dancing from this news.. Congrats Amy.. You deserve it.

sillynun @ 08/18/2003 01:07 PM CST

Too cool for school!

I actually have heard about this before. While an undergrad, everybody in my major was sent a letter explaining how a bunch of major specific scholarships had not been applied for in years. None of us knew about it. Of course after the letter had been sent, we all knew about it.

gttim @ 08/18/2003 02:29 PM CST

I was just thinking that the world needed another non-profit manager, and now I come to find out another one's in the minting!

Andrew @ 08/18/2003 02:47 PM CST

Right the hell on!
Um, heck!

Congratulations, Amy. That's as wacky a set of circumstances as I've ever seen. It must be kismat.

Jessica @ 08/19/2003 12:04 PM CST

congratu-freakin-lations! WOOOOOOOOOOO!

amy beth @ 08/19/2003 07:15 PM CST

what great fortune! you deserve this, for being a swell chick and all! i know you will do well, but i will wish you luck anyway, coz ya never know when you will need it! congrats!

michelle @ 08/20/2003 04:25 PM CST

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