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Authorly Update - Life Changing News

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!

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adaliafic
Apr. 4th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Thanks! ::returns the high-five::

It's less of a job offer and more of a job requirement... the two years as a DoD civilian employee after I get the degree are how I have to pay the government back for spending what is quite frankly a ridiculous amount of money on my continued education. So it's going to be more like four years before I'm even contemplating other jobs.

Of course, the DoD hopes for longer to get a better return on their investment. So I really couldn't ask for better job security! :-)

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