Saturday, March 6, 2010

like rory

I first learned about pro/con lists from The Baby-Sitter's Club books. Being a very thorough-decision maker, I use them all the time. Incidentally, so does Rory Gilmore. I love smart girls.

Ergo, your much anticipated Boston Pro/Con List:

+ Awesum education opportunity
+ Chance to study writing
+ Opportunity to move out of FL
+ Being around liberals
+ Would leave with dual graduate degree
+ They offered me a (small) merit scholarships
+ Chance to accomplish only real dream I've ever had - publishing my own book!

- Would leave with astronomical amount of student loan debt
- Currently they are not hiring substitute teachers, i.e. no means of income
- Can I rent for what I owe in mortgage payments?
- Am I ready to leave my friends and FMS Family?
- What about Zoey? She can't live in student housing, which is my most affordable option.
- When I graduate, it won't be into a very lucrative career (teaching and/or writing) meaning the student loan debt weighs even heavier, and I really hate debt.

You know what? I think the pros outweigh the cons. The pros are more emotional and the cons are more practical. I am generally a practical person, which means that if I actually go, this is a big step for me. To do something that knowingly will be difficult and uncomfortable and perhaps not 100% financially responsible is NOT a Lindsay move.

But...I just want to write.

I don't know how, but I'm pretty sure I'm going. Even if that means I have to defer my acceptance for one year in order to figure out how to make it happen, I'm going.

Did you hear me? I'm going.



Natalie said...

I am totally cheering for you. Defering one year is a good way to still go but have more time to plan. When I planned to move to Chicago, I had about 6 months lead time to get stuff in order.

We will definitely need to knock stuff off your "to do" list regardless--in anticipation!!

emilysuze said...

This is so exciting! What a great new adventure that lays ahead for you!

-= Marlette =- said...

I'm sooooooooooooo excited for you.

I wish I had "the perfect answer" for you ... I say GO! GO LINDSAY GO! GO LINDSAY GO GO GO!

There are other ways to get income. Sling coffee if you have to. Get a job at Barnes and Noble.

It's just money. You've thought about it a lot, so the pros aren't just emotional. I think it's a fantastic opportunity to broaden your horizons and get out of FL. The (small) merit scholarship will likely translate into something much larger for next year once you get there and dazzle them with your awesum-ness.

*hugs* I'm here if you need to talk. I'll be busy packing for the next 4 weeks, but I'm always near my phone.

:) Marlette

Laurie said...

Took me YEARS to pay off an undergrad degree that was really about a dream and not about practicality. Worth every penny, and every month. Then my other, way more recent, and way more important dream come true also wasn't the most 'practical' thing I have ever done, but is the best decision I have EVER made. Cheering for you too...waiting for the autographed book. (Oh, and we'll miss you like crazy...BUT email and FB are fun, and I hear Boston is a great place to visit!)

Mack said...

Hello Ms. Awesum;

Just happened across your blog page, and after reading a few of the posts I have to tell you: There's definitely something special about you. If you don't have a book out already, you need to jump on that. I feel that many women will connect with your voice. Hell, I'm a Man, and I connected with you to some degree!

Give us that book that's inside you Ms. Awesum. (Hope you don't mind me calling you that; but it seems to fit you perfectly.) We're waiting for you...

Have a great day.


Anonymous said...

Hey! I just came across your blog the other day, and after backtracking for a little while, I realized that I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I hope you don't mind that I'm now following your blog. :P

Anyways, good luck with your possible move to Boston!