Mar 29, 2007, 7:25 PM
Post #1530 of 2687
It can be a challenge balancing work, family, and school. But I agree with everyone else here that it is definitely worth it. I have four kids, so I can understand your dilemma.
I live in California and was accepted to two programs, one about two hours from my house and the other on the opposite side of the country. It was a difficult decision and I agonized over it for some time, but ultimately, I decided to go to Vermont College. One of the major factors in my decision was the fear that, if I chose a program close to home, I would lose some of the experience of the residency. I was afraid I might by too accessible and miss out on a lot of things.
My first residency at Vermont was very difficult. I was quite homesick and I felt very guilty leaving my family. But I returned to California 11 days later and found that my husband and kids had managed perfectly fine without me. I'm amazed how supportive they have been of my decision to go back to school.
The residencies get easier with time. Now, in between residencies, I actually find myself looking forward to the next one. They are so invigorating and intellectually stimulating. It's the only time I get a chance to immerse myself in the writing world. I know I'll definitely miss it when it's all over.
Yes, the financial investment is a concern, but I try not to stress over it too much. This is something that I'm doing for myself, a dream I've had for many years. I know this program has made me a better writer, but it has also made me a happier, more well-rounded human being. It's difficult to put a price on something like that.