Tuesday, May 4, 2010

PhD, Masters, and Life Decisions

So there have been some major life changing discussions in place recently in our lives. Ivan has applied for a program through Lockheed Martin called ELDP. This program will allow him to learn more about the business processes of Lockheed and will allow him to earn his masters degree in either Technical Management or Systems Engineering (or something like that). Anyway, it is a 3 year commitment. It is actually a 4 year commitment because there is a 1 year requirement to remain with Lockheed after the program. Not that he would leave, but it is just something we are definitely committing too. We only had a short time to consider this, but we decided it would be best for him. Ivan will be able to get his masters without having a 3.0 GPA and without having to take the GRE/GMAT. He submitted his application on Friday and should hear back sometime this month (hopefully). We are praying that God opens these doors if it His will.

I, on the other hand, have some decisions to make myself. I have been considering going back to school and getting my PhD. There is a program that will basically pay a 30K stipend each year. However, with any PhD program, I wouldn't finish until I was 30. That means I could not have kids until I was 30. I really want to teach but to be truthful, I can teach with a masters degree. I just won't have tenure, which is fine for me. I also won't have to do research without a PhD. The thing with getting a PhD is that I would have to get it from Texas A&M (the closest University)... and that is a 1.5 hour commute (which is doable)... HOWEVER, after graduating you have to find a university OTHER than the one you received you phD to teach at. You cannot teach at the same University. Therefore, I would have to move.

I am thinking I am going to try to complete my graduate degree so that I can teach, but I think that it is kind of too late for the PhD. PhD's are really for people who want to get tenure and want to be fully integrated in research (or are practicing medicine in which it is required). Eitherway, it would have been kind of neat. Yet, I do want to have kids. It is just tough because ever since I sat on the stage at my graduation, I always have thought how neat it would be to graduate with my PhD. I guess I just have to really control that voice inside of me which is always pushing to "achieve achieve ACHIEVE".. and direct it toward something else.

So, I am hoping within the next couple years, that both Ivan and I will have our masters degrees. We will see. I feel like I have so many decisions in life... I had to literally make a pro/con table in excel to determine the best route. The fact that I would be 30 on graduation (if I got my doctorate) was kinda the decision maker for that.