Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Graduate School

Last week I got a phone call from a graduate advisor at Long Island University in Brooklyn, offering me admittance to their M.A. program in English (and the Teaching of Writing concentration); I was told me about a potential teaching assistantship in which she thought I might be interested. I made an appointment with the advisor who set me up with three classes: English 509 (Sociolinguistics and the Teaching of Writing); English 626 (African American Short Fiction); and English 646 (Individual & Small Group Instruction). I'm pretty interested in each of these classes; they sound interesting and I'm a bit excited at the prospect of taking higher-level English literature and writing classes.

I also dropped in on with Ann, the Associate Director of the LIU Writing Center, who would have a say as to whether I would get the teaching assistantship - part of the deal would be that in exchange for two of my classes being paid for by LIU, I would receive a stipend for working ten hours a week in their Writing Center.

Despite some hoop-jumping at the Registrar's Office due to new-student issues, I managed to enroll in my desired classes such that upon graduation in May I will be a full-time graduate student. And by the time I got home Marilyn had sent me an e-mail telling me that I had gotten the teaching assistantship. Not a bad day, actually.

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