Millionster posted an interesting personal growth article titled “Pick up the Can“, and I’d like to relate my own mental roadblocks that I’ve finally lifted.
For the last 6 years since graduating college, I’ve had the opportunity to pursue a Masters degree on my employers dime. My first employer would have covered the entire cost of the degree with no requirement to stay with them after graduation. At my second employer, I at least MET with the MBA department of the local college, but I left that company when they got acquired by another just 5 months later. At my third company (just prior to my current employer), I just wasn’t motivated, but I had the perfect opportunity.
However, this past Sunday I crossed a milestone. After months of communicating with an adviser with the local university, and sitting on the application (even though it was filled out) for the last month, I finally submitted it online. It was a momentous occasion.
But today I got an email response from the college that since I submitted the application past the Feb 1st deadline, that my application would be set for Spring 2008 start rather than Fall 2007. However, it seemed like a canned response, so I emailed the adviser, who replied back to me tonight. She has forwarded my request to start this fall to the Director of Student Services to try to push me through.
Let’s hope it goes through. I want to get the degree for as little money out of pocket as possible, so timing is crucial. If I can take 2 classes this fall, then my employer benefits would cover them fully, and then reset for the next year. Since I only get about $5,200 per year for tuition reimbursement, I need to try to use those dollars wisely.
I’ll let all of you know if and when I get accepted. Wish me luck!