Small stuff first. The comps I was so stressed over turned out to be almost laughably easy. Thank you to everyone who wished me well! My study-buddy and I were so worried that we spent the entire month previous studying everything in crazy detail. That turned out to be a bit of overkill! (Not that I'm complaining.) The result of this is that I'm graduating in May with an MS in Mathematics, concentration in Education.
Now the big stuff.
I put in an application to this thing called the SMART Scholarship for Service Program back in December. I thought it would be nice if I got it, but didn't have my hopes up too high. Much to my surprise, a few days ago I got an email saying I'd been accepted!
Basically, this means the government will pay me full tuition and fees and a very generous cash stipend for the two years it will take me to get a second Master's degree, this one in Systems Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology.
I call this huge life changing news not because of the award itself, since that actually means I get to stay living where I am as a professional grad student bum for two more years. No... this is life changing because the deal includes two years of a guaranteed job at a DoD lab... in Tennessee.
I've never lived anywhere but New Jersey, my parent's house, my bedroom. For me, this is epic. And slightly scary.
But at least I have two years and a summer internship in the middle to get used to it.
Meanwhile, I'm sitting here in shock over how much money I've apparently managed to convince the government I'm worth. Here's hoping I manage to live up to that!