{Announcement!} What's a Hokie? I Am - Again!

Some big ch-ch-ch-changes are going on over here...after about a month of being vague and weird and completely stressed about this subject, I am beyond thrilled to finally announce that Ben and I are moving!

Exactly one year ago, in my pre-blogging days, I quit my job as a high school teacher. The job I worked 4 years in college for, earning a BA, MAEd, and license, the one where I spent my first 3 years as a post-grad... I traded all of that in to go back to school to re-pursue the first major I ever had: civil engineering.

The decision to go back to school at all also came with the decision of where to get my new degree. I was down to two choices: go back to Virginia Tech, my alma mater (which would require a move to a town 5 hours from home), or stay put and attend a local university. I chose the latter - at the time, it felt like too big of a risk to take to quit my job, go back to school, and move. It was a decision made out of convenience, and I can't say I've been truly happy with it. I don't regret it, but I've also known all along that I won't feel the same sense of pride walking at my graduation as I would with a degree from VT. My current school isn't as prestigious (VT is ranked 25th among public universities nationwide, the College of Engineering is ranked 15th, and the civil engineering program is ranked 10th in the country toot toot beep beep; my current school is unranked womp womp), and it doesn't have the sense of school pride I knew and loved as a Hokie. April 16th hit me really hard this year, and ever since then, that little voice in the back of my head urging me to go back has gotten louder and louder.


I about had a meltdown when I found out that some of my credits I thought would transfer actually won't - but on the bright side, some of the classes I have taken that aren't required at VT will count toward elective credit later on. So no matter which school I went to, I'd be looking at the same graduation timeline (December 2015 if I don't intern and take class all next summer, or May 2016 if I do intern).
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Ben and I have lived in our current city for over 4 years now, and in our condo for 3 years as of last week. This is the longest we've lived anywhere since we moved out of our parents' houses. We love it here. It's home. It will be hard to leave, but we know it's temporary. We will still own our house (we plan to rent it while we're gone), Ben will be working remotely for his same company, and we will be back for breaks and weekends. And I might even be done with school by the end of next calendar year! When I look at it that way, it really doesn't seem so bad. 

And as much as we love our (tiny) city, this is our new backyard...I mean really, I saw it and immediately had little hearts in my eyes.
Maybe you can't tell, but if you look in between the trees, the football stadium is off in the distance! And there are cows, horses, and sheep roaming around out there!


It is totally appropriate to take a selfie in someone else's yard if it's going to be your yard soon amirite?!
I'm totally scared and nervous, but I'm excited and ready for the challenge. It may not matter to anyone else what school's name is on my degree, but it matters to me. I have a pretty strict policy of not half-assing things, so this is something I feel that I owe it to myself to whole-ass.

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It matters to me that when I close this chapter, I know that I took a shot and did everything I could to get a degree that I feel proud to have on my wall, and to be able to apply to jobs with a resume touting an engineering education from Virginia Tech.  Let's go Hokies!!!!!


13 comments :

  1. YAYAYAY!!! I'm so excited for you! :) That does sound like a really tough decision to make but having friends in the engineering program and seeing them come out with steller jobs, I know you'll be there too! Does this mean you'll do the Hokie Half this fall?!!

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  2. Ahhhh!!! This is SO exciting!!! Congratulations girl :) I know you'll do amazing!!!

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  3. Congrats!!! Whole-assing things feels so good, amirite? :D

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  4. Congratulations on such an exciting new journey!

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  5. I am so excited for you! If I could, I totally would have done my masters at the same University I did my undergrad.. but there were only two programs in the state of MN for me to choose from! kinda crazy. keep trekking through- graduation seemed SO far away when I started my program but here i am on the other side wondering where the two years went.

    love the Ron Swanson quote by the way. good luck with moving and getting resettled! I am sure you will look back and be so glad that you made this decision!

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  6. Best of luck to you! Very exciting stuff!

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  7. congrats!!!! it is so funny. we both announced moving on the same day :) I can't wait to hear more. Wayyy to go after what you want! good luck!!

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  8. Well congrats lady! A decision like this is not easy to make and I'm happy that it sounds as though you are happy with your decision because that is what really counts. Best of luck!

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  9. Congratulations!!! I'm so excited for you! Sounds like you made the right decision for you and your family and that is all that matters! Love your new backyard!

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  10. Oh wow!!! This is so awesome!! I'm looking forward to hearing more about this new journey of yours! Moving & a new school is going to be so exciting for you. Congratulations!!! =D

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  11. Congrats!!!!!! Though I'm new to following your blog I'm happy for you!!! A very exciting time ahead of you guys and I look forward to following your blog!!

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  12. Congratulations!! I'm a Norfolk transplant from Roanoke. I love that area and would move back there in a heartbeat. I'm sure you'll love it too. Go Hokies!!! :)

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