I talked with a former professor, who understands my heart is vocabulary and teaching curriculum courses some day, and she said I would be pigeonholed into teaching educational leadership courses since many people with this degree are superintendents, thus universities need professors to teach these courses. I don't want to be pigeonholed into teaching a course I don't want to teach.
So. I love the cohort model. I love the idea of starting a process and seeing it through to completion with one group of people all along the way. I am not a quitter. But it doesn't make sense to stay with something that could potentially be the exact opposite of what I need. So, I'm discontinuing the program.
I was talking with a friend a month or so back. My dad had just had triple bypass heart surgery and my grandpa's health was rapidly declining. I said something along the lines of "This has been a rough couple of months." My friend kindly, wisely and succintly said, "I think it's been a rough year for you."
Well, now that you mention it. J left in February. I tested, applied and was accepted to a doctorate program in the spring. I sold everything I own and moved in with my family in July. I started a doctorate program in August while beginning my 13th year of teaching (We can definitely call August "busy season" for teachers.), my dad had heart surgery at the beginning of October, my grandpa passed away at the end of October and I'm quitting my doctorate in December. Yes. Yes, I think 2014 might have been a rough year. Moving in with my family hasn't been rough at all. In fact, it's been a humongous blessing. But change, and some stress with the selling/boxing/moving of everything.
I was talking with a dear friend on Tuesday and confessed I was limping along until Christmas break. I love talking with her. She's known me for over 10 years and loves me dearly. It's nice to be known...you know? She compassionately said she didn't think anyone would question it at all if I huddled under the covers and hibernated for a bit.
Ok. Don't mind if I do.