Day 770: Sunday and Essays

Today’s the day! I need to buckle down and crack away at 3,000 words of writing for my LLM application. I’m quite nervous!

I’m not, like, a street tough that they’ve shaved and put a tie on, but I’m not exactly super formally educated. I have a three-year BAA from Ryerson, at the time barely a university itself. And that’s it. I’ve got a couple of sort of small credentials but compared to everyone around me at work, for the most part, I’m crazy undereducated. I have people with doctorates applying to work underneath me. It feels weird.

So there are a number of reasons for this, but I’d be straight up lying if a feeling like I need to prove myself isn’t in the package. It’d be nice to have an advanced degree and some letters to stick after my name when I’m applying for things and pitching things for conferences, etc. Especially since there’s so much crossover between my profession and the area I want to study in.

It’s really about my inferiority complex, though! That’s not going to go away because I have a degree, I know. But it’ll help.

Day 765: Pooh and Progress

Re-reading the Tao of Pooh recently, and my wife quite accurately dubbing me a Bizzy Backson has made me realize that maybe I need to wind things down a little.

So, of course, I’m applying to pursue a Master’s degree. In law.

Am I nuts? Probably? I don’t know. My lack of formal education is something that’s bothered me for a while, and frankly, seems to be a bit of a career impediment at this point — I’ve reached a level, professionally, where people are expecting MAs and doctorates and I’ve got a three-year BA. I wish this sort of thing didn’t matter, but it does.

More pertinent, though, is the fact that I really actually am interested in the subject. Well, subjects, really: law contains multitudes, and there are a bunch of things I could really do a deep dive into, if I had… I don’t know, permission to do so. This is kind of a way to give myself the bandwidth to nerd out about law and feel like I’m doing something productive out of it.

Application’s in, and I need to write a lot over the next week or so. Wish me luck.