Should I stay or should I go

posted 3 years ago in College
  • poll: Should I stay and finish the MPA program?
    Should I stay and suck it up here? : (7 votes)
    50 %
    Should I leave and try to start over? : (7 votes)
    50 %
  • Post # 3
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @LovestoTravel:  If you’ve already taken out the loans and it’s too late to disenroll and get the money back, finish the semester out first so you’re not completely wasting your money.  Once the semester is over, I would move.  Life is too short to be stuck in a little racist town like that.

    Post # 5
    2070 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

    I think you should try to finish this semester, since you’ve already paid for it, and then move. Have you looked at University of Houston? They have a great MPA program, and Houston is a great city to live in – my husband and I are really really happy here. He has a lot of Hispanic friends and I don’t think racism is a big problem in Houston, it’s a super diverse city. Plus the city is doing very well  economically and the job market is hot, so you might be able to find a job here that would pay for your master’s program. Good luck sweetie!!

    Post # 6
    3787 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @LovestoTravel:  Honestly, stay and stick it out. I know it’s hard, but it’s only a few years and it looks like you’re already hittng your time limit with some of the credits and graduating. I know that racisim is really hard and there’s absolutely no excuse and you shouldn’t have to deal with it. The thing is, it’s always going to be there in one way or another. I’m not a person of color so I don’t pretend I know what it’s like in East Texas, but I CAN tell you:

    I worked in the non-profit sector and am building my own for-profit international consulting company that specializes in government contracts. For one – it’s pretty rare that anyone works in a position of any power at all in the non-profit sector anymore without some sort of master’s degree. You’d basically be limited to development/proposal writing and even then most of those jobs are still master’s people. The technical expertise you should be learning in grad school should be the game changer there. 

    Secondly, people still treat others like shit. I am 27, have master’s degree, have worked and lived internationally for years and have general work experience few people have, even if they’re older than me. Does that mean people treat me with the respect I deserve? Heck no it doesn’t! This field is a good ‘ol boys club! I’ve had old men make disparaging comments about my accent (It’s midwestern and has faded a lot, but it’s there), others say they want to talk to my boss. “Excuse me?! I’m the Vice President of this company. I’m making the deal here.” I’ve regularly had other older people (mostly men because that’s who works in the places we work) smile cutely at me when I say I run my own company like it must be fake. 

    I can’t even imagine what it would be like if I didn’t have a Master’s Degree in International Law backing that up. 

    (Also, as an aside, if you want to work internationally, there are literally no jobs in international non-profit or government work for people without master’s degrees. Even if a job doesn’t say it on the form, they’re not  going to hire someone with a BA/BS because they’ll have 400 applications with a MA or Phd.) 

    Sorry- I didn’t plan to write you a novel. And I probably didn’t give you the answer you were looking for, but it’s really hard in this field and I just want to share my experience with you.

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