My career as a "non-traditional" student ground to a halt after the Fall 2009 semester, when I seemed to be out of viable options. Back in September, I blogged at the OAC about abandoning my goal of a Ph.D. and instead finding other ways to work as an anthropologist/archaeologist (I included links to some excellent Applied Masters programs in the U.S.).
Even though I have not taken a course for some time, I have involved myself by attending a conference and a few lectures, continuing to read papers that interest me, and staying in touch with a couple of my professors.
I had the great fortune to observe my 50th birthday last month. The approach and arrival of this dubious celebration triggered a "last chance" attitude for me with regard to my continued involvement in anthropology, and I decided that any action was better than no action. Here are my current plans and options:
- Finish the damn B.A. No matter what I do, holding the degree is way better than trying to explain to a potential employer or graduate program that I have 30 or so credits hours in anthropology. My academic advisor at ASU informed me that I could take SPA 201 and 202 at the community college and then simply apply for graduation. I managed to find two four-week Spanish courses at Phoenix College that are completely online via Blackboard, and I'm already two weeks into the first one. I should be able to graduate in August.