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Accepted
Well, it seems I've been accepted to Regis University's MSSIS program. I had what I thought was an interview phone call today. She started right off telling me what order I was supposed to take classes in, when tuition is due, how to buy books, etc. When she was through, she asked me if I had any questions.

"Well, I'm a bit confused. Am I officially accepted? Or is there still some formal admissions process we haven't gone through yet?"

"Nope," she said, "You're in!"

"Oh. Neat!"

The way she talked, it was all a done deal. There were no comments like, "If you decide to attend...." She seemed to think that I was definitely going. Why else would I apply, after all?

Weird! Exciting, but weird.

She made it sound very hard, too. Scary words like Dissertation came up.... although I'd have a project option, if preferred, or a research option. (Me, I'm more of a project sort of girl.) Also, since each course is only 8 weeks long, your first homework assignment is due the first class! (Meaning we're expected to start working even before we start attending classes.)

It's all a bit overwhelming and confusing right now -- but it seems I'm in! I can start in March.

Now I just have to decide if I want to actually do this thing.

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rmeidaking From: rmeidaking Date: January 25th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I vote for doing it. It's hard, but easier than you think it will be. Dissertation = project with long written report. Dissertations aren't as hard as maybe they ought to be either; I've read a couple of Master's dissertations that passed that really surprised me. I'm sure you'll do fine.

The extra line on your resume is a Really Good Thing to have in SE Michigan these days.
pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: January 25th, 2007 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Lawrence Tech doesn't offer a masters with a thesis, which is pretty much why I've largely ruled them out for grad school. It's too bad; I could take all 500's after this mythology class I just started and be nearly halfway done with a masters.

I knew that was a big deal for Ph.D. aspirants. I wasn't aware that employers looked for such things.
From: numignost Date: January 25th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
After a year away, I value everything about grad school up-to and including my Ph.D. preliminary qualifying exams. Once I qualified as a doctoral candiate, the teaching-and-research thing completely wasn't my bag, but any stress and/or tedium I experienced while taking classes and studying material before that was, in retrospect, totally worth it. And now it's on my resume even if it does dribble back out of my brain!



cynnerth From: cynnerth Date: January 25th, 2007 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)
WooHoo! Congratulations!
lintra From: lintra Date: January 25th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I did my bachelor's with 5 week classes, with a paper and project and sometimes accounting problems due the first class every time. You get used to it, honestly. We also had group projects due week 2. Meet your group in week one (half the time you didn't even get to pick your own group) and turn something in you all worked on together 7 days later. It taught me a lot about adapting to other people's work styles (and checking over other people's work.)

My job was to take all the pieces of the papers, put them together, add and introduction and conclusion. This was harder than it sounded, but I was good at it.
sandygood From: sandygood Date: January 25th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Good job, Rennie!

This won't interfere with skiing, will it? ;)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 25th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I sure hope not... I don't plan on letting it!
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: January 25th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)
hooray!
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: January 25th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
From what I know of you I would you can handle it.

Go for it!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 25th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh I can certainly handle it. It's more a question of whether I want to. I think I'll give it a shot though....
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: January 25th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh I can certainly handle it. It's more a question of whether I want to.

Yeppers. That's my whole quandry about grad school, too. Ability? Got it. Money? No worries. Desire? Maybe, maybe not.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: January 27th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
It never hurts to expand your knowledge and it may teach you unknown unknown's that will be useful to you in your work.
jenaflynn From: jenaflynn Date: January 25th, 2007 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Congrats!
I'm in process of finally finishing my Bachelors, and it looks like Northeastern will be accepting me. now its time to worry about money. Ack.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 25th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, money.... ick.
xtatic1 From: xtatic1 Date: January 25th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congrats!
infernus1218 From: infernus1218 Date: January 25th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congrats, btw what does MSSIS stand for?

I hope that you company re-imburses you 100% for graduate school.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 25th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Master of Science in Software and Information Systems

Unfortunately they don't pay 100%; they have a yearly limit. So I can either go slowly, or pay on my own.... But I think I'll just give the first class a try, and see how I feel from there.
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: January 25th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congrats! I never, ever doubted that you would get accepted. :)
pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: August 15th, 2013 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought I remembered you going to a Jesuit online school, but it's apparently not the one I ran across earlier today:

http://online.sju.edu/programs/business-intelligence-masters.asp
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 15th, 2013 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, got my degree and everything! Regis is a brick-and-mortor school that also includes an online option, which is one of the things I liked about it.

We didn't talk about the Jesuits much as part of the CS degree. (:
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