My Wisest Decision: Staying at UMD

December 10 – Wisdom. What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out?

Hmm. My wisest decision. This one took a little thinking and pondering…

…I think the wisest decision I made this year was staying at the University of Maryland for my doctorate program. Though I initially was thinking of applying to other schools, in the end I only applied to Maryland, and looking back on it now I think it was a good decision.

Why did I decide to put all my eggs in one basket? Well the answer is simple, and maybe a little silly, but I didn’t want to be far away from my significant other. With Michael having to stay in New Jersey for his band War Plan Red, I knew that I couldn’t bear to be further than a few hours away from him for another four years while I finished school.

In addition, I think staying at UMD was a great decision for a variety of other reasons, including:

  • I’m already familiar with the faculty, graduate community and culture here;
  • I can work to finish my doctorate faster than if I started over again somewhere else;
  • I can take more classes outside of my field so that I can get a well rounded, interdisciplinary perspective;
  • Most of my friends who have since graduated are staying in DC, so I can still be near them;
  • I can continue working with some of the top faculty in the field; and
  • I can continue on with my involvement with UMD’s Vagina Monologues.

So all in all, looking back at it now, I think it was the wisest, and best, decision.

About Rowena Winkler

Passionate Performer, Speaker and Writer by Calling, Dancer of All Good Beats, Yoga Practitioner and Enthusiast, Spiritual Trustee of the Universe, Traveler of Many Distant Lands, Lover of Derek the Logical but Amiable, Mother of Eponine/Dex/Teyla, Architect of Spoken Word Poetry, Trainer in the Craft of Communication, Unapologetic Individual, First of Her Name.
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