Today I've been thinking about how lucky I am to have had such great professors to discuss grad school with. I feel like I'm about to have an amazing adventure and I'm so very thankful that it will come with little to no financial burden.
Back in December I went to one of my professors, Don Martin, to just sit and talk about the entire process of picking a grad school. The best advice he gave me, and the advice I most want to pass on, is to go to a university or a state school. I was under this weird spell thinking that I wanted to find a college of art to get my masters from. I thought that sounded really cool. And I just assumed I was going to accumulate a mountain of debt in the process and I had already accepted that fact. But then I talked to Don, and he completely changed my mind. He said that I already had enough debt from Flagler, and that if I ever wanted to get married and start a family in the near future, then I wouldn't want to be adding thousands and thousands of more debt. He told me that state schools only take in as many students as they can afford to offer funds to. So they don't accept everyone. And most schools will have you teach undergrad classes, so you would be paid for that. So basically, going to grad school is like a fantastic new job. How amazing is that?! And I never ever knew this! Because of this advice, I only applied to state schools and also only to ones that stated clearly that financial help is available.
Another piece of advice, from my professor Patrick Moser, was all about SCAD. Savannah College of Art and Design. I had never heard anything bad about SCAD. Everyone I knew always talked about it like it was the best school around. I was even jealous of a girl I knew in high school who got in there. I hadn't even bothered applying because I knew I wouldn't have been able to afford it. But then Patrick told his opinion of the school and now I'm officially anti-SCAD. He said that it's a for profit school, so the tuition is very very high and they accept everyone. He said professors never last there, that there are always job openings every semester. And as an artist, going to SCAD you are just another number. It must be really difficult to stand out and shine. Unlike at a university, where you would be special because you're one of the few artists. I'm sure there are really great artists at SCAD but I'm glad I'll be going to a school where the entire art department will know my name and think I'm awesome.
That's the end of my rant!