Post # 1
So my fiance has not looked at his transcript for school to compare it against how much longer he has to go. I finally convinced him to just let me do it and found out that he won’t be graduating until the spring AFTER our wedding date. The problem is that he goes to school 2 1/2 hours away. Neither of us want to postpone the wedding and I don’t want him to quit school either. It’s basically come down to A. I move now and struggle to find a job/pay bills B. I wait to move until we get married and then struggle to find a job/pay bills or C. I move in August go back to school for my 2nd choice, live on campus and use grants/loans to pay for living expenses.
I’m seriously considering the 3rd option but there are just a few things that are holding me back/making me sad. 1. They don’t offer a masters in what I really want to do, I would be going for one in History when what I want is Art History. I’m telling myself that I just need to do this instead of waiting around and if I still want to pursue a graduate degree in Art History I can always go ahead and do it while working at a community college or something similar. 2. I really hate the idea of taking out student loans, it’s the reason I left graduate school in the first place. In 2010 I moved to Arizona (from Arkansas) only to panic the week after I left when I realized I would end up having to take ~80,000 in student loans FOR A MASTERS DEGREE so I panicked, withdrew and moved back home. If I were to go to school in state and pay for my living expenses I would need ~23,000 the first year and then ~16,000 the second. Those numbers only apply if I were to live in an apt. by myself – if I move in with my fiance (and possibly our friend) it could be about $2,000 less. I guess my biggest worry is that I’m giving up my dream to be an Art Historian but then again I’m still young enough that I could have a doctorate in it before I’m 35. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE histoy and thought about going back and being high school history teacher so I don’t know why this scares me so much. Everyone I’ve talked to, even my boss, thinks this is a great idea but I seem to keep trying to talk myself out of it. Maybe I’m just scared of change. Has anyone done something similar. Also, if you have a graduate degree, how much did you pay/take out in loans for yours?
Post # 3
It seems really counterproductive to take coursework towards any major other than what you want to focus on.
I have a graduate degree, but in science, most major colleges actually pay you to go to school, instead of you paying them. I made about $30,000 a year as a student at MIT, with no tuition or fees. My mom wanted to study Art History, but decided against it due to the cost of the degree, and the low salaries/lack of job opportunities after graduation. Definitely something to consider when weighing debt vs vale, though I’m a huge supporter of following your dream – obviously there are successful Art Historians out there!
Post # 4
Is there no way he can go to school where you are? I hate to think that you’d put your dream on hold and possibly end up resenting him or unhappy because of it.
Is it possible that he can keep his own apartment and commute to school and stay there for the days when he has class and come home on the weekends? I know that’s a tough situation, but it would be a way that you can both do what you need to do. Or…could you guys get an apartment between the two schools? It would mean an hour and 15 minutes one way for each of you, but I know people whose commute is that long and they make it work.
If I were in your situation, I’d do all that I could to get the degree I wanted. I’m not willing to settle on another degree, though, because for me a degree is not about job opportunities, it’s about becoming more of an expert in the field that I’m passionate about. Is it possible the other school will let you design a Masters in Art History with independent study programs, papers, etc? Some schools allow that.
Post # 5
I agree that it isn’t a good idea to take out loans for something you don’t want to do. The economy sucks already, you don’t want to take out debt for something that won’t help you. I would start looking for a job there but wait to move until you find something. Hopefully, you find something soon.
I have a MBA. I didn’t have to take out debt for it, it was about $30k for the program.
Post # 6
@ Happierkate: I might see if the school would allow me to design a program. I was already considering being sneaky and finding ways to discuss art in my history research but had no clue that you could do something like this. Also, it’s not really possible for him to transfer because he’s getting a B.F.A. and to transfer would mean to just throw out all of his studio classes he’s already taken. 🙁
I guess I’ve given the impression that I really don’t history. For me it’s sort of like “do you want cake or a cookie” I’d really like cake but I’d be content with a cookie.
Post # 7
I wouldn’t go to school to earn a degree I didn’t want. I wouldn’t take out loans to do that either. I really like the suggestion of designing a program and I would also suggest looking into online programs. As far as being a history teacher is concerned, you would need your teaching credentials (degree in education) as well as a history background to do that. High school social studies teachers need to be able to teach government classes etc. as well. You have to be lisenced to do that, which involves big bucks around here. Besides, teachers are being laid off left and right these days. The job outlook on that is pretty grim right now.
I have an MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science). I was a married mother of two, teaching elementary school full time while working on my MLIS. I never took out a loan. I charged it on my Visa! (I don’t recommed doing this, but that is what a lot of teachers around here have done. This was before the recession and we felt we had job security so we were not worried about paying it off.)
Post # 8
i would encourage you to pursue a master’s in art history, since thats what you love. and while art history and history are related, you will never get the same experience from a regular history course as an art history course, art history is taught from a different perspective. i say find an art history program and go for that. i’m sure you could design your own, but cirriculae are designed to make you a well rounded art historian. i know if i designed my own, i would have tunnel vision and leave out the stuff i didn’t care to much about, even if it were important. you are young, take out the loans, do the art history degree and the rest will fall into place.