Daily Prompt: Back to School

Today’s Prompt:

If you could take a break from your life and go back to school to master a subject, what would it be?

If I go back, I'm hanging out in the library all the time dressed like Molly Ringwald.

If I go back, I’m hanging out in the library all the time dressed like Molly Ringwald.















I’ve been considering a Masters Degree since I graduated with a Bachelors a short time ago. School has always been an awesome motivator for me – I work well with deadlines and being surrounded by a dozen other people who are in it for the same reasons I am. My writing courses not only taught me how to confidently receive criticism, but they were extremely valuable in the editing process of my own work. I had the best professors who never made me feel talent-less or less than another student, but instead showed me ways I could best showcase my writing. Waking up each morning knowing in just a few hours I’d have a room full of people concentrating on my work was enough to keep me up an extra hour each night, tapping away furiously at the keyboard.

When I finished college, I felt a little helpless. I did the whole “now what?” thing and curled up in a tiny ball and stayed in bed for a few days. That’s about the time I started this blog – I needed something new to boost my confidence, to make me feel like I was doing something worthwhile. I didn’t launch into a 9-to-5 career like a lot of others (I’m still bartending!), but I knew I had to find something to keep my creativity chuggin’ along. Since then I’ve wavered back and forth between feeling awesome and feeling like there’s no point.

So – if I were to return to school to master a subject, I’d receive my Masters in Creative Writing. I’m confident enough to think I have something here, but it needs to be polished. I long for those classroom discussions, passing other writers hidden in pockets of the library with coffee and reading glasses. The smell of books, the whirring sounds of a roomful of computers, the tapping at the keyboards. Sometimes seeing others is what we need; it’s like attending an exercise class instead of lazily doing sit-ups in your living room while the television buzzes in the background.

Maybe I should look into taking another writing course, too. 

What would you go back to school for?


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16 responses to “Daily Prompt: Back to School

  1. I’ve always wanted to do a creative writing course too. But what I’d really go back for is Art school.:)

  2. I’ve gone to school so much – I really don’t see myself going back, other than to see my kids graduate. I’m…

    so old…


    *cries for 14 hours*

  3. I would study Art history/ Art/ become an Art teacher.

  4. All of it!
    I’ve gone back a few times now – once for psychology, once for architecture.
    Both times, I learned enough to know they weren’t for me.
    One of the nice things about having graduated from CUNY, all the schools in the system are willing to take me on again as a student.

    • That’s awesome. Even if they weren’t for you, it’s pretty cool that you were able to pick up little bits and pieces here and there. At one point I wanted to go to college for Forensics, but I suck at Chemistry and just Science in general so….not for me. I think I fell in love more so with how it’s glamorized on television shows.

  5. Maybe you can still go for the Master degree?
    I’m still in school, so I wouldn’t know yet… But I’m glad with what I’m doing at the moment. I don’t think there’s anything else that would fit me as much as these studies.
    Lucky me :).

    • Good for you for finding what you want and loving it! Not everyone can say the same about their major. I think I’m still considering going for the Masters, so we’ll see. 🙂

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  7. calahan

    I love to learn new things, I love to read and immerse myself in new topics, but I am the world’s worst student. My GPA always sucked because I was horrible at test taking. If I could go back to school, I would take remedial everything.

    To actually answer the question, though, I’d consider taking marketing because that is a learned skill.

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