Saturday, February 13, 2010

School Update

School is relentless this semester.  I was relieved when I learned that I would not have to create near as many written compositions as last semester, but now I have to complete more reading assignments.  I am also working 20 hours each week and participating in an internship with a local Internet advertising company (I am learning great things at this internship about online search engines and about HTML, which is one of the main languages behind the Internet--by the way, does anyone know whether Internet is supposed to be capitalized?).  Luckily I have been able to find an equilibrium level of work per day, which allows me to get most of my needed work done while also being sustainable over the entire semester.

The most exciting news in my life is that I finally decided what I want to do for a living, and how it may be possible to achieve this.  I am taking four 400-level economics courses and I love it.  I love the discussions and the research.  My brother is taking BYU's introductory class to econometrics, and while talking to him I realized that using STATA to run regressions of large data sets is like a game to me.  I finally decided that I really do want to stay in economics the rest of my life and I am eager to discover what I will be able to contribute to the academic discussion.  I want to get a PhD in economics.  I want to be an economist--for those of you who think that I already am, I want to be a real economist.

In talking with some trusted professors--which action  I had woefully neglected until recently--I discovered that my economics resume is fairly thin.  As such, I plan to continue with my campaign to get a master's degree in public policy (MPP); I will learn about various policy implications and I will have a chance to take more in-depth economics courses and complete some original research that will prepare me to apply for a good PhD program.

I thought that I had missed the deadlines to apply for MPP programs, but I was fortunately mistaken.  I have probably missed any opportunity to be considered for fellowships or financial aid, but I may still apply to several decent programs in the country.  My main focus now--when I find time after work and school--is to complete the necessary applications.

I honestly do not know why it took me this long to make the decision.  I have always loved academia--in its purest form--and economics.  It is strange to think that I ever considered a career in the corporate world;  no offense to my friends in the business school, but I have always known that was not the correct path for me.  Now, for the first time in my life I have a clear end attached to my educational goals.

1 comment :

  1. Way to go on goals! It is interesting how people find where they want to head in life. you are amazing!