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regoing back to grad school

updated sat 29 jan 00


Wynne Wilbur on fri 28 jan 00


It's nice to hear you are considering such a big move. As someone who
taught for 17 years (15 high school) and decided to go back to school -
I think it's a great idea. It certainly hasn't been easy in terms of
leaving my life in Kansas behind, moving most everything to Florida,
being a student again after so many years - but it has all been VERY
worth it. In fact, another non-traditional student here at the
University of Florida, Lynn Duryea and I are going to be leading a
discussion group at NCECA on "It's never too late to go back to grad
school". If you are there, I hope you can join us.

As far as practical advice is concerned, first research programs that
might fit what you want. UF has soda and wood, and there are many other
programs that offer what you want. The NCECA guide on schools is old,
but helpful. There was a fairly recent discussion on clayart about good
grad programs. Next, get the best slides you possibly can of the best
work you can make. A few schools I applied to required drawings
(Nebraska was one) - my most recent "serious" drawings were about 20
years old! Apply to at least 5 schools. You never know what they are
looking for, and it may have nothing to do with the quality of your
work. (might be looking for a sculptor to balance numbers, or a female
to even out sexes, or only have one opening that year etc)

This is the best decision I have made in a very long time - feel free to
email me off group if you want to know more!

Good Luck,

Wynne Wilbur
Grad student, Univ of Florida