I've always been a big fan of the word Official. But like in the "Official Secret Decoder Ring" sense.

But today's news is Official, but not in that sense. On Thursday afternoon I got a phone call from the director of the Creative Writing Program at UNM to let me know that I'd been accepted into the MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) for next fall. This was a huge relief for me as I'd been sweating it out.

The next step is to somehow get awarded a teaching assistantship, which means that A.) I won't pay any tuition, B.) I'll get paid about $20K for two semesters, and C.) I'll have health care again. In other words, I'll get paid to get a Masters degree. Of course I will have to teach English to a bunch of college freshmen, but hell. I can do that.

I hope.

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Comment by Ron Da Bomb on February 28, 2009 at 4:24pm
Kudos, man!
Comment by Dick Chingadero on February 28, 2009 at 5:32pm
Thanks! There were three of us that got accepted out of a field of 80.
Comment by Gemini Goddess on February 28, 2009 at 5:32pm
Congrats!
Comment by Dick Chingadero on February 28, 2009 at 8:03pm
Thanks! I'll have a glass of Scotch in honor of your shot of Tequila!

5 years ago, a good friend convinced me I should go back to school. I thought that there was no way in hell I could ever pull it off (I was working full-time and a single parent for most of the time I've been in school.) Now I'm 50 and getting ready to get my BA in May and jump into grad school in the fall.
Comment by Ben Moffett on April 3, 2009 at 8:30am
I just noticed this, Chingadero man. Congratulations. I hope UNM's dollar woes don't derail anything. It's a life-changer when something like this happens. I was able to go back to school on the GI bill after I had a family and get a masters.
Comment by Dick Chingadero on April 3, 2009 at 7:17pm
Thanks, Ben.

Yeah, I used my GI bill foolishly in my youth -- back when TVI was not a degree-granting institution, I worked in a bar (and stayed after hours) and my first wife and I were having problems. I dropped out eventually and had to pay the loan back and was not eleigble to get another one. Now I'm 50 and ready to roll. Of course NOW I've got new kids, 5 and 6 years old. It's like being young, but without the body and stamina to go with it.
Comment by Ben Moffett on April 5, 2009 at 12:28pm
damn nice, Chigadero. The description of the goatheads is priceless. Hangs together nice. Trick ending. Strong character development. Maybe you should think about teaching at the 400 level, not going to class.
Comment by Dick Chingadero on April 5, 2009 at 3:13pm
Hah! Thanks. Someday. Of course with all the budget cuts the schools are getting, I'll be lucky if there are any teaching positions left.

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