Yes, you read that correctly. Sweden.
If you’ve been following my blog for the past year you know that most of my posts consist of me complaining about the early twenties being a drag, not knowing where to go from here (career wise and relationship wise), feeling like I’m never going to move forward, and so on. I’ve been in a rut for the past year and half. That we all know to be true. But I think I’ve finally mustered up the courage to stop complaining about it and start doing something about it, believe it or not.
Going back to school has been on my mind since February. As much as I wish I had realized this urgency to continue my education prior to graduating college (as I would already be finished with my first year of grad school and beginning my second), I can’t complain that I’m realizing it now, at 23, when there is still time. For the past couple of months I’ve been researching publishing programs, creative writing programs, basically anything in the English realm of schooling and although the results have been satisfactory, the tuition prices have not.
I’ve thought about Stony Brook University’s creative writing program, as it’s close to my home and cheaper compared other schools, but the thought of being stuck in my hometown for another two years doesn’t sit well with me. It is a comforting thought, but I need to stop settling and start stepping out of my comfort zone. As a compromise, I attended a Masters in Publishing Information Meeting at NYU. I figured it would be far away enough from my hometown, but not too, too far. The program was everything I could have hoped for in terms of where I see myself in the future. Not to mention, you are pretty much guaranteed a job at one of the Top 6 Publishing Companies in New York. But $22,000 a semester…. that REALLY wasn’t sitting well with me.
That’s when the idea of Europe was presented to me. I was working my weekend job at the winery when one of my colleagues revealed he’s applying to one of the Masters programs at Stockholm University. The slightest mention of Stockholm automatically grasped my attention. In the past year I have visited the city twice and fell in love with it. I have family there, in fact, I have a lot of family there (couple of aunts and uncles, several cousins) and I took the opportunity to visit them (well, MEET them) not once, but twice this year. I started asking him questions about the application, about the area (he had visited several times and was more knowledgeable about it then myself) and started doing my own research.
Stockholm University has a two-year masters program in English and Transnational Creative Writing. All of the classes are spoken in English, I don’t need a GRE/GMAT score, I don’t need any letters of recommendation, all I have to do is apply. Granted, I must submit a short fiction piece and a letter of motivation, but the simplicity is still far too surreal. It’s like it fell directly into my lap as if to say “I’m here, Kait! Get to it!” $20,000 for the WHOLE PROGRAM, potentially a place to live (my family), and a chance to experience something so far out of my comfort zone I wince just thinking about it. The application opens October 16th, so the timing could not have been more impeccable, either. It’s so crazy… but I think I’m really doing this.
To everyone reading,
Wish me luck.