Operation: Parker Posey

Back in April, I posted an update on Facebook that I’ll quickly replicate here:

I’ve been trying to come up with a fake name for a project I’m working on that (for reasons that will hopefully become clear) I don’t want to name in public just yet. Today while driving from the gym to the office, NPR played a clip from the hysterical movie Best in Show. So in honor of that, I hereby name it Operation: Parker Posey.

That was about 90% true. The name did come to me when they played that audio clip from Best in Show. But what I didn’t mention at the time was that it made me think of another film starring Posey; namely, the film Party Girl in which Parker Posey’s character shifts from a young woman throwing illegal raves to make a living, to someone who wants to enter library school.

Party GirlWhich is a roundabout way of saying that ever since the start of the year, I’ve been working on applying to graduate school. (Researching schools, studying for the GRE, taking practice GRE tests as well as the real thing, lining up recommendation letters, filling out forms, writing essays, figuring out financing, that sort of thing.) And while I’m still waiting on hearing from a couple of other schools, barring a surprise scholarship materializing for a different college, I’ll take my first class from Wayne State University this fall as I work on a Master of Library and Information Science degree.

And now, the answers to the questions that I know I will otherwise get:

  • I’m not quitting my job, so this will be part time.
  • I’m not moving to Detroit; I’m taking classes via distance learning.
  • I’ve developed distance learning classes for the Federal Government for the past 15 years, so I’m not afraid of the idea.
  • If all goes well and in the spring I can start taking two classes at a time while still working, I’ll graduate in December 2015.
  • No, this is not a midlife crisis. But it probably will cost more than a sports car would by the time it’s all done.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to beginning graduate school in a few months, and I’m especially excited by taking some classes in digital content management. So, anyway, while there’s still a chance that the school itself might change, the fact that I’ll be starting grad school won’t be. Ta da!