Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Plans for Life on Land: Grad School

Something that I haven't written about is that while away on this trip, I applied to the masters program of Creative Art Therapies at Concordia University in Montreal. It is an incredibly challenging program, and I had my doubts of being accepted since only 12 people are selected each year.

I was so excited when I found out while in the Dominican Republic that I was selected for an interview for the program. About 30 or so people are selected for the interview and then 12 are selected from that. Luckily they agreed to do the interview over Skype, so we had to make it somewhere with reliable Internet by the interview date.

We ended up in Samana, and I was very worried about having reliable wifi. The wifi at the marina wasn't bad, but the video calls we tried were often lost. Also, the places with the best connection were the bars and restaurants, not exactly the atmosphere I want for a career changing interview. I also, didn't want to come off like I'm living in the lap of luxury, on a permanent vacation (this is hard work you know!).   

The manager at the marina was incredibly helpful and really went out of her way. She let me use her office, and hook our laptop up to her Internet, giving us much faster Internet. I was really nervous for the interview, feeling completely out of the school mindset, being on a boat in the Caribbean and all. The interview went okay, the Internet only cut out twice and I had to call them back. It was funny doing an interview through Skype, I was passed around and each person asked me questions.

After anxiously checking my email everyday, I have just received the best news-that I have been accepted!!! Hooray! This couldn't have come at a better time. I was having a rough week with my unfortunate oven-explosion incident and fall!

So now we have to make it home in time for me to start an intensive grad program this September! It's going to be quite a life adjustment!
Hard at work preparing for the interview in paradise

1 comment:

  1. Congrats! Sounds like a very interesting field to be in. Good luck and have fun :)