Though you couldn’t tell it now, at one point I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I believed was meant to be an English professor of creative writing.
Turns out belief won’t get you into a graduate program. After my first master’s degree, I still needed better GRE scores to be competitive for PhD programs, so I enrolled in a second master’s program in French and Spanish hoping to boost my language skills and verbal score at the same time.
Being 22 and eager, I saw another master’s as a chance to pick up a few publications, prep myself for a Fulbright, and clear the foreign language requirement for most PhD programs. I was so committed to the goal that I accepted a 9-month assistantship.