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I’m terrible, I’m sorry. I don’t really have any good excuse!! And the thing is, I actually kind of do have stuff to talk about!

Well #1 is: last week I was at this surprisingly great workshop at the Bahamas National Trust, entitled “Understanding and Using Economic Tools in Protected Area Research and Management”. It was given by 3 people from the Conservation Strategy Fund, which, as I understand it, is a non-profit organisation which uses economics to help developing countries.

Anyway, I learned an absolute ton! It was like a refresher of the Environmental Economics class I took in college (twice, cuz I failed the first time, lol). And I also made some great contacts! One of the lecturers is at Duke University in North Carolina, and he encouraged me to check out the Nicholas School at Duke for my Masters, and even said he would write me a recommendation! :) So, I’ve been researching Duke the last couple days, and it really looks like a great programme! Master of Environmental Management (MEM). There’s even a joint MEM/JD in Environmental Law programme (that takes 4 years, butttttt), so I’m considered that as well! Gaahhhh! So much to do!

First thing I’d have to do is study for & sit the GRE! Soooo, today I ordered my GRE study books online, and hopefully I’ll have that by next week or so…anddddd the application deadline is Feb 1st, so that means I’ll have to sit the exam sometime in January. Gahhh!!

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Getting into grad school.

Specifically: Johns Hopkins University

Ha. It’s a long shot, but hey-can’t hurt to try right? Well it can hurt my feelings when I get rejected but…

So it’s actually an online Masters programme. 10 courses, 8 of them online, 2 of them in 2 3-week summer sessions on campus in Baltimore. And just like that, I’ll be a Master of Environmental Management. Sounds good, right? Online really would work out perfectly for me, because I can continue to earn a paycheque & gain experience in my field, while advancing my education. As opposed to up-rooting my life for 2 years while sacrificing an income and experience. (I’m guessing this is why online-school appeals to most adults…am I an adult?)

I’ve been “working” on my application for…geez…over a year now. But I guess I’ve never been 100% serious about it.

Yes, theoretically, I want a Masters Degree (more like I want the increased earning potential), and theoretically, I do have the time (although I’m not the most productive person…ahh Hello procrastination) and theoretically, I’m sure the bank would give me a loan to pay for it (am I actually responsible enough to have a loan?)

But…I hate school.

Let me rephrase that. My “college experience” was awesome. Tulane – great! New Orleans – amazing! Class, homework, exams, papers…not so much. It’s not that I’m not capable of doing the work, and doing it well…it’s just that, I’ve always been smart enough to get by without doing anything…and so…I haven’t…

Anyway. I don’t really have any excuse not to try. All that’s really left to complete on my application is my personal statement. Any ideas?

Dear Johns Hopkins,

I just got rejected from a dream opportunity in Fiji, and you’re my back-up. Maybe if I’d had a Master’s degree already, I would have been selected for that placement. So the idea behind getting this degree is to be a more appealing candidate in the future. Do me a solid and let me in, k? Thanksbye.

I like it. What you think?

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