Going back to school wasn’t something even close to being on my radar in the grand scheme of moving to Alaska. That being said, I didn’t have much on my radar. I just wanted to get here, find a job and get going on the next chapter. I jumped off the cliff into the unknown. Now that I’m here and actually figuring my life out, I’ve found that I’ve adopted a “Just Say Yes” policy… for now. I take every opportunity as they come whether it’s an invitation to a party or event, a housesitting gig, or any other unique opportunity. I’ve already said yes to the New Years Day Polar Bear Swim. Oy.
So when I discovered that my employer, Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, has a very cool program where they’d reimburse 100% of the tuition and fees to obtain a Masters of Public Administration, I just had to jump on it and say “sign me up!” How could I pass that up? The deal is that (with prior approval), employees can take classes and/or full degree programs at University of Alaska that relate to our positions, and as long as we earn a B or better, APFC will reimburse the full cost! Pretty sweet, eh? There is still a stipulation that if I were to leave APFC within two years of completing the course(s), I would be responsible for paying some of it back.
Beginning next month, I will be a first time graduate student at age 32, and if all goes according to plan, I should be able to complete the program in three years. Unfortunately, I won’t qualify for in-state tuition until sometime in 2014 so I’m limited to taking one class per semester until then. The other aspect that’s not so great is that this first class I’m taking directly conflicts with the weekly rehearsals for the Thunder Mountain Big Band. I’ve really been enjoying playing and singing. I hope they don’t take it too hard. I might be able to rejoin later, but we’ll see.
Anyway, between having APFC on my resume and an MPA, I’ve got a very promising future here in Alaska. I will open ALL the doors! It really looks as if I’m figuring this Alaska thing out.