|My niece...and the settled down yinzer life.|
Sunday, May 13, 2012
The day of my uncle's funeral, was the same day that I got promoted at my organization. I wasn't feeling work or much of anything that day. In general, I just stuck in my office and tried to be quiet...waiting for the clock to wind down.
At the end of the day, my boss walked into my office and shut the door. I was convinced that I was going to get a talking to about professional/personal worlds mixing...which makes sense. I did blog at work. And was being a Debbie Downer. And, well, I'm not sure if I showered. (Although, even at my best, I'm never sure about my showered status.)
But, she sat down and told me that there was going to be some staffing changes and that I was going to be promoted, moving to Director of Business Operations. It came with a substantial pay increase ($20k) and an extra week of vacation.
...are you fucking serious?
To be honest, it gave me pause. I really feel like I could have a career at this organization, and could keep making bank. But, I had already accepted Harvard. And Harvard was my dream.
My intentionality for going into Harvard, specifically my masters program, is two-fold. First and foremost, I want economic security. For me, I think that this is aided by a masters by Harvard. Is that true? Hopefully...and I knew that I'd be able to get into this program relatively easily. Secondly, I want to work for an international organization or have the ability to travel for work. I'm aware that when I actually am living out of a suitcase, I am going to hate this idea....but I don't want to settle down and live in only one place....for a long time. I love my family, but it scares me to think about owning a home or a chunk of land for a long time. A child? I scoff.
After posting the question on Facebook and having an internal debacle, I am pretty committed to going to Harvard. I do need to get a parental investment, and I need to actually get my new paycheck (and get used to living without it...), but I think that Harvard will be a good next step. The debt will be manageable. The program will enhance my resume. I will hopefully learn things...and I will network like a whore at a Viagra conference.
It'll be good. I think.