Big News and Changes for the Future

As you can guess from the banner, I have changes coming up!  I have a story to tell about the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, but first let me just summarize everything quickly.  I’ve spent the last year living on the island of O’ahu in the beautiful state of Hawai’i and I’ve loved every minute of it.  But, my time here is quickly coming to an end.  August 2014 will see me starting the English M.A. program at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.  I’m very much looking forward to this opportunity – but it will be hard to leave this …

For this…

Now, for the story.  Way back many moons ago .. actually, in 1994 but it feels like I should be starting the story like that, I received a letter from UNL granting me a full scholarship to study music (piano).  That was in the Spring of ’94, the year I was graduating high school.  I had been home educated from 5th grade on so I was scared, excited, nervous, and so very ready to branch out and start to live life.   Life happened though and after just one year at my beloved Husker campus, I had to leave and move to Wyoming to be with my family and go to school there.

I finally went back to school to finish my bachelors in music in 2011 at Eureka College.  I picked up an English major along the way and discovered that it was so right for who I am at this point in life.  I love teaching piano, I love playing, but my passion is books these days and has been for quite a number of years now.  I worked hard and graduated summa cum laude from Eureka College in May 2013.  Instead of jumping right into the graduate scene I knew that I needed to live life a little and what better place to do that than with my sister and her husband in beautiful paradise?  So for the last year I have been teaching piano, reading books, soaking up culture and sun, and thoroughly loving life here in Hawai’i.  I sent out my graduate applications and it was a no-brainer that UNL would be on the list.  It also came in at my No. 1 choice.

In the last week I’ve received three out of three notifications for admission – one from each school I applied to.  One did not offer funding, however, but the other two did.  Once again, I was faced with moving to Wyoming or Nebraska and, of course, Nebraska won out.

Starting August I will be taking the next step on my journey toward a PhD in literature.  As school begins I know that my reading levels will go down, but I plan to write some interesting features on my research and what life is like as a graduate student in English.  I hope that you will continue to stick it out with me and enjoy the new path that I am taking.  And, of course, I would love your support along the way.


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