The news has been out for a little while, but I think it’s worth explaining here. After much prayer and petition, I decided to leave my position at The Veritas Forum effective in May. I love the mission of Veritas, and I don’t think there’s any other ministry doing quite what they do. But I realized that my life goal is to be on the speaking side of Veritas and not the planning side, and that I need to take the proper steps to get there.
The first step is to go back to school. I know a good amount about the Bible for someone who has only been Christian 5 years, but it’s not nearly enough to start teaching about it. I’m hoping to eventually do a PhD, but that will require learning the Biblical languages – Greek and Hebrew – which means I need to go to seminary or divinity school.
Before I do that, I want to be able to afford it. A couple years ago, my pastor very helpfully gave some of us copies of David Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover, which explores how people get into and can get out of debt. A lot of people go deep into debt to pay for school. If I were going to law school or medical school, I think my end salary could justify this because I could pay off the loan in a reasonable length of time. This isn’t the case for graduate degrees in the humanities. I know I’ll have much more peace of mind and flexibility if I save up the money before I go to school. As for scholarships – it’s possible that I could get a scholarship, but they’re harder to get for masters degree programs. Even if I got a scholarship, it wouldn’t be a full-ride, which means I need to save up.
It’ll be much easier to save up if I’m living at home, so I’m moving back to Irvine. I love my parents dearly and we get along well, so I’m looking forward to making this transition. Cambridge rent is sky-high, so I’ll effectively be saving $10,000 a year by making this switch alone. (That’s more than 1/4 of the total tuition right there if I go to Fuller.) As for my actual job, I’ll be doing tutoring in Irvine. If anyone is looking for a tutor, I can do high school English, history, and SATs, or middle school and below in all disciplines. I’m also cooking up a innovative idea for SAT tutoring that I’ll probably announce in the nearish future.
In the meantime, if you‘re looking for a great company to work for and have mad project management skills, I’d strongly suggest looking at the positions open at The Veritas Forum. Check them out at: http://veritas.org/about/jobs/
We’re currently looking for a Northeast Regional Director and a Southwest Regional Director.
hi there! i got her by way of your piece on christianity today, “the real problem with female masturbation”.
kudos to you for going back to school. i’ve been out of school for a while myself and will be starting law school this fall. you wrote, “If I were going to law school or medical school, I think my end salary could justify this because I could pay off the loan in a reasonable length of time.” just as a quick psa, the legal job market still hasn’t recovered fully from the recession to make that statement completely accurate.
and as a soon-to-be law student who was offered scholarships to schools in my hometown, living at home is huge! after having lived away from home for awhile, i find it comforting and enjoy living with my parents. i share that as added affirmation for the lifestyle choices you are making.
as far as finding tutoring work goes: i’ve used wyzant.com to find tutoring gigs (use this referral code if you do decide to explore it further: http://www.wyzant.com#ref=1SAZJO); and since you’ll be moving to southern california, there should be plenty of asian owned-and-operated learning centers that could use some staff.