Monday, November 17, 2008

early graduation

Augh I'm frustrated. I'm nearing the end of my first semester of grad school and wanting it to be my last. Mostly, the trouble is that we just can't afford this. It's a big chunk of money on top of all our already-bills, and let's face it, a bad investment. It won't lead to a higher income when I'm done, and I've pretty much hit the ceiling for advancement in the Archdiocese o'Boston. Basically, it's a very very expensive hobby. I've gotten great help from the college, and from my pastor, but our budget really doesn't have any wiggle room, at all.
So, maybe it would be worth the added time and stress that it undoubtedly has added to my life, if it were flat-out free. But it's so. Not.
It's not final, the final-ness, but we'll see what happens from here... in the meantime I've got a stupid paper to finish. Ugh- I'm paying to write papers!!!


HerMajesty00 said...

Praying for you whatever you decide for your family.
Money worries stink! Of course so does having a stupid paper hanging over your head!
But Margo I gotta tell you, education is never a waste of time and money....although it stinks if you have none to spare. :>)

pflan said...

I know it stinks being grounded month after month, but honestly I think your higher degree will lead to good things... perhaps a book ... perhaps national speaking engagements... the opportunities are endless for someone like you! So many people look at that "higher degree" as a stamp of approval that it is often necessary for these greater things. You are one who is destined for greatness. Your ideas are well beyond our times and can lead the way for changes in the Church.
Fr. Mike Boutin, my old mentor and friend, always said that there is money out there to be had for school, you just need to find it. Perhaps you could call him - he is at Blessed Sacrament in Walpole - and tell him I sent you, he may know where there is some free money waiting out there for someone to apply for it.

Catholic Wiz Kid said...

Oh dear- I am sorry to hear that you are struggling.
Perhaps there is another way to pursue your hobby? Maybe you could take up writing and lecture giving and be on the other hand of the academic spectrum. You and Scott could joint publish a book on ministry- it would be darling. Then I could read your book for advice and stop bugging you. Also, do not make any decision before you talk to STM about your problems- sometimes they have some wiggle room to help (well at least they did under the old "regime").

flodlogic said...

Don't you think it's about time someone paid YOU for writing? I think it would be worth looking into.

FrChip said...

I would say you're just feeling the stress Margo. Don't give up! You don't know what can happen in the Archdiocese 'o Boston...those with higher degrees get chosen for bigtime jobs sometime. Plus you never know who will be the future power broker will be. You're smart and good at what you do...keep improving, keep reaching for the stars.