Big News!

I had another post planned for today. But it’s going to have to wait because of the…


My excited face!

This September I will be starting a Master’s in International Studies at North Carolina State University!

I was awarded a full teaching assistantship, which means tuition is covered and I get a stipend on top of that.

I couldn’t be happier.Β 

Here’s the whole story.

A few months ago I applied to two graduate programs. I found out at the end of March and beginning of April that I had gotten into both of them, but neither one could offer me any money. I had mixed feelings. I was really happy that I had been accepted, but disappointed about the lack of funding. Even though I had applied only to state schools, out-of-state tuition is still expensive. I have debt from my undergraduate education, and I didn’t want to essentially triple my debt for grad school.

I decided to focus on the program at NC State for a myriad of reasons. I started contacting the program to see what options existed for funding. I was exploring options on my own too.

But nothing was panning out. I was getting really frustrated. Last week, I spent most of Monday and Tuesday in tears.

After a weekend in La Serena, with lots of time to think and reflect, I decided to defer admission to the program for a year. That way, I could gain residency in NC and the program would be MUCH cheaper.

Yesterday, I filled out my official decision forms. I drafted a letter to the graduate admissions office requesting a deferral. I was going to send it out, but for some reason I decided to wait until Friday. I don’t know why, but I just had a feeling that I should wait.

Then today at work, I got an email from the director of the program offering me the full teaching assistantship! Apparently the student who had been offered it decided to turn it down, so they offered it to me!

I feel so blessed.

Last week I was so stressed out and frustrated. I wanted to give up. But my parents and my friends told me to keep thinking positively; everything was going to work out. And it did!

I am so grateful for my supportive network of friends and family. I honestly couldn’t have done it without you. It brings me to (happy) tears thinking about how great you all are.

On the other hand, I am very sad to be leaving Chile. But we’ll save that for another post, because this one is happy happy!

Get ready, Charlie, we’re moving to the U.S. πŸ™‚



17 thoughts on “Big News!

  1. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!!!! You will be very close to my Wendi (she currently lives in Graham, but is looking to move to Durham) She works at UNC and DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center) – I can give you contact info for her if you are interested. (Do you remember Wendi?)
    Congrats – I am very, very happy for you!

  2. I’m not sure whose face is better/funnier….yours or Charlie’s. πŸ˜‰ I already said congratulations on Twitter, but big news like this deserves a second round of congrats! So exciting!

  3. Woooohooooooo! Congratulations, hunni!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    I’m so happy for you, darling.

    I don’t really know much about the education system in the States – I’m still trying to get my head around it because I’d love to study my Masters at a university there – so I’m going to ask you some pretty obvious questions: So, a teaching assistantship means you get to work as a teaching assistant while study at the same time, right? Sorry for my ignorance. πŸ˜› Haha.

    • It’s ok! The system is pretty confusing. But yes, it means that they pay my tuition in exchange for me working for the university, probably teaching but maybe doing research. Pretty sweet deal! And thank you! I’m so psyched.

  4. Terrific News Abby! Life works in mysterious ways & when everyone sends out positive vibes good things happen. Hope to meet Charlie in person some day-what a pic! . Start Packing. It will be hard to leave Chili – its been a huge part of your life & oh what a life experience to have been able to have….. Your next chapter in life is about to begin. We will share your joy in the decision that you made & glad to have you back state side. :)) Love you lots. Aunt Annie

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