Even after I had found the program, I was hesitant to take the plunge. Finances were tight and I worried I was too old to go back to school. My parents and my husband suggested that I look up the profiles of the current students in the master's program. I found most of the profiled students to be highly experienced professionals, managing families while taking courses.
If they could juggle work, family, and grad school, I could do it, too. I felt encouraged and took one more step just to be sure. I wrote to the program director, Laurie Lewis, who put me in touch with a student in the program who shared her perspective on the courses she was taking. That personal touch coupled with all the other program attributes sold me on Rutgers. I didn’t even apply anywhere else.
I was accepted four weeks later and began study in fall 2011. My financial concerns still remain. Paying in-state tuition, I've been able to afford tuition this semester but I am looking for a scholarship or assistance program to help make things work for next semester.