So now I have been enjoying myself for the past couple of weeks playing with my lovely new toy: grad school at Oxford. It is by no means as expensive as you would think, though still of course pricey and I will have to save up for it, and there are many options.
I just got smitten and bitten by the whole idea. And, let's face it, by the sheer romantic fantasy of it: me hurrying back to my rooms in a medieval building, through the snow, to study something I'm really into. The reality is rather less so: grad students are usually housed in modern digs, alas. But I'm sure I could arrange something.
Also I'd snobbishly want my Master's from an ancient college: Balliol, Magdalen, Merton, Exeter, Christ Church, Jesus. One of those. (Which could be done, but then I'd have to live over there for a whole year and I don't think I could manage that.)
And the Continuing Education program itself is run by Kellogg College, a rather new one. But still. It would be a MASTER'S FROM OXFORD. Think how good that will look in the obituary!
Anyway, the M.St. (Master of Studies, as they refer to it), organized through Kellogg but with tutors from whatever college my specialty is in, would run me about 9,000 bucks. Not Bad At All. For a two-year program online and over the phone, with three one-week residencies over the two-year period. And a 10,000-word dissertation (which for me is like a shopping list...)
I am quite seriously considering this. I have been getting great advice from a Facebook friend currently studying for her doctorate at Jesus, and you know, this just might happen. I don't think I'd take a creative writing Master's, because my idea of creative writing and Oxford's almost certainly would not get along, and I doubt they'd accept a rocknroll murder mystery or a Viking historical romance as a thesis.
So maybe Viking history, or Celtic studies...my Bachelor's is in English Lit, so not that, I don't think. Could be BIG fun, yes? I think yes.