Discouraged

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Registered: 04-02-2003
Discouraged
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Sat, 07-19-2008 - 12:09am

Ok - I am treading on new grounds with the whole grad school thing. My BA - which I got in 2007 was through a very non traditional format. No prerequisties or anything like that.


So here is where I am - I have been accepted to UNH - but would be a non resident so paying more in tuition but less in gas than I would in a state school. The problem is when I was told by one of the professors to go ahead and apply (in hindsight) there was actually no way I could start until next summer because of the course structure they have in place. I am on the waiting list for the course in the fall but there is no guarantee. I can take an elective but other than that I am frozen out if I can't get the one course.


SO my choices are this - wait for UNH and hope to get in or I could just take the bull by the horn and defer - which defeats my personal goals and timeline.


I could apply to the school I got my BA from and could perhaps start in the fall - I have mixed feelings on getting my MA from the same school I got my BA from - but would love to hear opinions from more expereinced people.


I could take courses through UMass online and apply to the program and be offiically admitted next summer with all the work and credits being applied to my program - but paying for it up front because I don't think I can get financial aid for just taking courses. We can swing it but it is tough - wait and about a third the cost of the UNH courses.


Any advice? I feel totally lost in this process - which seems to only fit 22 year olds who don't have 3 kids and a husband.

Courtney


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Courtney

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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: court527
Sat, 07-19-2008 - 9:45am

court- what department? I used to know practically the whole English dept at UNH and one of my; very very best friends is head of planned giving for the UNH foundatoin -- if there's anything I can do let me know. I think it's a great school and worth getting your MA from there if you possibly can - of all your options if you don't get in this fall I think the idea of the online credits from UMASS (Lowell?) is the best idea and applying those. I have alot of contacts at Granite State college and SNHU too if either of those will help you.

and on a side note -- how come we haven't met yet? LOL

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Registered: 05-22-2008
In reply to: court527
Sat, 07-19-2008 - 12:40pm

I don't think getting your BA and MA from the same place is inherently negative.

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Registered: 04-02-2003
In reply to: court527
Sun, 07-20-2008 - 11:40pm

We may have :)


Let me say - my experience so far with UNH has been a battle - It could be me too though. I did not go through a traditional program so all the formalities and protocol are unfamiliar. I am going to work toward my MA in counseling - I want to be either a guidance counselor or work in private practice working with children, youth and families. I don't know exactly how the frame looks I just know to get where I want to be I need to Masters!


I need Masters level courses and Umaine stuff is all too far away - not accomodating to the adult learner at all!


Thanks for the advice:)

Courtney


You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope some day you'll join us....


Courtney

There's a great big beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day... there's a great big beautiful tom