Also, I had (and, sigh, have) a real guilt about learning for the sake of learning. I have such a conflicted relationship with academia – part of me thinks there could hardly be a better life than to learn and read and write and discuss full time. But the other half of me thinks, how indulgent, how pointless, how privileged. Or is all of that a cover for my fear that I’m not smart enough to partake in such a life, such discussions? Ah well, I don’t know if that conflict will ever be resolved.
I was just talking to my mother about this. The next day, she contacted admissions at Northwestern to inquire about pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy and is currently working on her application. Fortunately, her job would reimburse her tuition. My multiple-degree dream will have to wait, but I love this blogger’s idea about DIY academia.