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My End of Year Doctoral Horror Story

  Hey guys! Ms. Duggan is back! I know it’s been awhile since I updated my blog but as you know I was working in Italy as a mental health clinician on an archaeological dig site. Don’t worry you will get ALL the details later. I’m finally back at work and getting back to my normal busy life and things are going well so far. But around the time I got back into the swing of things I had a major doctoral catastrophe! (Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video “My Doctoral Horror Story” where I am looking at the camera with a terrified look.) While I was away, I was still enrolled in two courses that had been going pretty well. I actually finished one while I was in Italy and received an A in the course.   The other course had one last assignment due that I planned to finish once I got back to the states. However, to my surprise it was due while I was in Italy and I was totally not prepared to finish it. (Figure 2: This is a photo of Ms. Jay, an African American male fashion

My Doctoral Degree is FREE!

 

So a little while ago, a friend gave me some news that my doctoral program would be FREE. I honestly thought he was pulling my leg being that I was actually in the program and had not heard anything about this. I immediately asked my academic advisor and he said he hadn’t heard anything. At that point I was like nope it ain’t happening! But then my director mentioned it and I thought okay this is a thing! A few weeks flew by and my advisor contacted me and told me he had spoken with the graduate school dean at an event and she confirmed that it was true and for me to contact Human Resources to complete the necessary paperwork. Within a few minutes, I sent in my courses and a write up as to how this would be related to my current position and everything was in motion.

Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video on “My Doctoral Degree is FREE!” where I am holding my hands on my head with a shocked look.

 

The doctoral scholarship at my university is a new initiative to retain talent and encourage professionals to obtain doctoral degrees. I have been in the program for about two years now and the university has provided me with a $1200 stipend that did not include fees. The fees were a hefty $1667 each semester. Previously, this was a big deterrent for folks at the university in pursuing further education and I don’t blame them! With this new initiative, many people have already signed up and plan to take courses soon. 

Figure 2: This is a doctoral graduation hat.

Since this scholarship was put in place after the semester had begun, another nice surprise was that my fees for the spring semester were refunded! I actually got another refund check last week for $1667! I should also mention that my scholarships actually took care of these fees so I didn’t even pay anything out of pocket this semester. With that being said although I now have this scholarship I still plan to apply for others. Looking at my scholarship awards for the fall I can expect at least an $1100 refund check!

 

Figure 3: This is a photo of five stacks of $100 bills.


I am so incredibly thankful for this amazing opportunity and I hope that this encourages graduate students to say no to student loan debt. Many jobs are now hopping on the free education for all bandwagon like Target and Walmart. This may require changing industries or opening your mind to other possibilities. Would you change careers for a free education? Drop down in the comments and let me know! Also, be sure to check out my latest video and subscribe to my email list!


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