Sunday, July 27, 2014
The Beginning of an Era
I thought I'd failed it.
I flunked, the words repeated in my head. I flunked, I flunked, I flunked.
I wasn't going to pass the exam. I wasn't going to get into graduate school. I wasn't going to have a career or ever escape the house that had brought me embarrassment and misery and my violent rendezvous with death.
But that isn't how things are actually going to go.
The envelope came in the mail with two very simple words: 86th percentile.
I hadn't just gotten through the thing. I'd scored higher than almost 90% of the people who'd taken the test nationwide.
And I'm in.
On August 25, I will commence classes at the delightful little school--Mountain University--pictured above, and in two years I will conclude those classes with a master's degree in education. After that, I've decided: I'm headed north. Our Family has resided in Southern State for the last four hundred years. Well, it's been a cool four centuries. But I'm me.
"Yes, yes, come to Northern State!" a blogging friend encouraged me by text.
"Get up here!" chorused a college buddy who teaches in the City of Fate. "I'm so happy that you're doing this."
I've been fascinated by the Snowstorm region since I was a teenager, and why shouldn't I pursue my dreams? I'm having this marvelous revelation that life can be a thing you enjoy.
"I wonder what the North will be like?" I mused to Black Dress Girl between sips of iced coffee. "I've never really been there."
Because let's face it, the City of Fate is a region unto itself.
"People up there are generally nicer," she said. "And better educated. It's kind of refreshing. But don't expect me to visit you in the winter. I am not even about that."
After the teaching career, of course, comes the second teaching career: a high school position is just a stepping stone on the way to a college professorship in history. That will take a doctorate, which I hope Northern State's outstanding universities will prove helpful in furnishing. But we have to take one step at a time.
So the blogger you met as a college student will soon be a college student once more. And this graduation will be a world removed from the last one.