Some time ago, I shared how I’ve been considering getting a formal education. This hasn’t been an easy road to consider since:
- I’m in my mid-thirties and therefore can’t do full-time school; and
- it costs a lot of money to do this (money which, at the moment at least, I do not have a lot of).
So… what have I been doing since I last shared about this and asked you all to pray with me?
In mid-August, I applied to a Master’s of Arts in Theological Studies program at a very reputable seminary. The program allows me the flexibility I need to maintain a healthy-ish schedule while getting a quality education. As of this week, the only thing that remains is for them to receive a copy of my transcript from the college I attended here in London. Once they have that, they will be able to make a decision on whether or not to accept me as a student. If so, I’ll potentially be starting school as early as January, 2015, which is kind of exciting.
There are other questions beyond acceptance that remain as I start planning for the possibility of becoming a student again:
- How will I manage my time effectively?
- What impact will this have on my blogging schedule?
- How am I going to pay for my tuition?
There are a few options we’re considering, but I wanted to share a conviction that’s arisen about school: this is not something to which I’m willing to add another cent in debt. As you can imagine, this brings up more challenges. So I’m considering a few ideas that I’ll tell you more about should my application be accepted.
While there’s clearly not a lot to report, probably the best thing in the entire process to this point was taking the first step on the application—taking action on something I’d been hesitating on for a good long while. Whether I am accepted or rejected, I will at least know an answer. It won’t be another one of those “What if” things. And that is liberating.
So we’ll see what happens. I look forward to sharing more soon—and you wouldn’t mind praying for my acceptance, I’d certainly appreciate it.