Where was this when I decided to go to graduate school?

by Rebecca Schuman

Readers! I know many of you are currently weighing difficult life decisions. I hope you will make use of the amazing web tool I wrote about today on Slate, Something Pop, which helps you quantify your priorities.

It’s getting to be the end of the semester, and I have been feeling really maudlin about quitting teaching. I already turned down all the classes that were offered to me this fall (all two, but still! Two!), so I can’t un-make that decision, but if it’d been posed to me this week I probably would have said “yes.” I am totally terrified of not being a professor anymore. I have been self-identifying as a “writer and consultant” for the past six months or so, and it feels good, but a huge part of me still wants to be a professor–still (yes I’m about to use the L word) loves it. So I needed to put that “love” in perspective. Something Pop gave me that perspective: IT IS IN MY BEST INTEREST, for real, to go 100% freelance next year, and I now feel better and less terrified about that decision than I ever have. Don’t take my word for it, though; try it for yourself!