Damn it. I thought I had this figured out.
I’m questioning my grad school decisions… yet again…
I thought I had settled on Creative Writing. But now that I’ve sat for long enough without completing an application*… I’m starting to wonder if what I want to do is indeed study writing.
I’ve got a lot of interests, and a lot of things I love doing. How do I know which one to focus on for grad school? Or, at least, which one do I choose first? (Hey, I can get multiple Masters…)
One of the biggest issues, Columbia has a few degrees I’m interested in — and you can only apply to one of them. This past year I applied for what I thought was my long shot, Film. I was right. But now I’m wondering if I want Creative Writing or Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management… Why can’t I have both? Even if I choose AEMM, which discipline do I choose, because you’ve got to have that figured out before you apply. Media Management? Music Business Management? Performing Arts Management? I’ve got interest in all three of those! And each program only picks anywhere from 3-10 applicants every year.
DePaul is also in the picture. They’ve got a Masters in Writing and Publishing, and it’s the latter part of that program that interests me. I’ve really enjoyed working in publishing, and know I could make a good editor. The idea of starting up a small press just sounds awesome. But I don’t know much about the program and if it’d be worth my time (and money)…
Lastly, there’s the School of the Art Institute. I’d be studying writing there. They’ve got such a great program that really seems to be a good fit for me. It’s a interdisciplinary approach to writing, incorporating other arts — and it’s one of the few programs in Chicago that has a comics/graphic course.
There are a lot of other schools in the city that I’m sure would have programs that I’d be interested in…. But those are the leading ones right now. It’s mostly writing programs because that’s what I thought I wanted for the past however many months. But AEMM has come back into the picture.
I want to teach about wildlife and conservation, write til my fingers fall off, publish new and great writers and illustrators, plan and coordinate events, work with bands I love, document anything and everything on film, get lost for hours writing and designing websites, operate sound and lighting equipment, be on the radio again….
Can’t I just do it all?
*I did apply to Roosevelt, but well, obviously didn’t get in.