Zoe Fox (muffn_enchntrss) wrote in college_help,
Zoe Fox

Graduate school! Ack!

Hi everyone! 

I am graduating from college this spring, and am starting to think about where I would want to go to grad school in the next 2 years. I am an environmental studies + sociology major, but if I were to do it again I would probably do the environmental studies + writing option. I often forget how much I love to write because I usually just write academically here, but I have independently published 3 adventure novels, and when I do write, everything seems to calm down, and as someone with mild anxiety, this is the perfect therapy for me. I know I want to go to grad school in some sort of environmetnal field, but I can't decide if I want to be into policy, education, or writing. 

I want to know how any of you who have chosen grad schools or other walks of life have best done this. My main dilemma is this: I grew up in Florida but spent my undergrad years 6+ hours away from the coast, and I am now realizing how much I love the ocean and can't decide if I want to go to grad school to study the ocean or teach about the ocean or just be around it. As much as I love the ocean, I also just love the wilderness, and there is a grad school in Missoula Montana that specializes in Environmental writing, and some pretty prominent writers have come out of it. It would perfectly combine my love of writing with the environment, and I also know how important and influential literature can be, so as someone who wants to make a change in our society, this would also be a good path.

When I told one of my good friends about this, he said I shouldn't go there beacuse of how much I miss the ocean here, and I should take my life in the direction I want it to go to. So instead of going further from the ocean, I should go closer to the coast. 

I totally dork out about ocean and all that is in it, and I think I would make a good teacher and mentor, but writing is the best way for me to channel all my problems and emotions and everything. When I write, everything is fine. I honestly feel like I have potential to be a great writer if I put my mind to it, but where I live is also an important factor for my happiness. I am not a fan of the cold or dry weather, as I discovered here, but then again, the time I was in Montana was quite beautiful and Missoula would be more exciting than the small town I'm in now. 

I just was wondering if anyone had some advice..I have plenty of time to think about this and after undergrad I plan on taking a couple years off, so I'm sure I'll get some answers there, but I just want to see if any of you have some stories or advice to share. I know there is no "right" path, but like choosing undergrad, I'm scared that I'll make the wrong choice and regret my path later. 

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