Blogiversary: That One Time I Applied To English Graduate School

8 years ago I made this here blog.

Yes, you read that right...it's been 8 years.

As explained last year, my new tradition with blogiversary posts is to reminisce on one event in my past since the creation of my blog. I thought this would be a good time to bring up when I decided to apply to London grad schools.

Taking the leap across the pond meant leaving a new job in San Diego. I was left with the decision between security or a long time dream of living in a foreign country.

"People only study abroad in their undergrad...and I'm 27. I'm supposed to be responsible...what's the matter with me?" I thought to myself. "I have a steady job, why should I leave now?"

There were other very logical questions that plagued my mind. But then I realized, all that logic was really quite annoying. I had been living my life very logically all my life. Always the girl to weigh my options, I snubbed the idea of taking "reckless" chances. I mean, moving to London would mean taking out a sufficient loan...was it really worth putting myself in debt?

Yes. Because all that logic was really fear. And taking out a loan was just an investment in my dream. And that was the bottom line.

So here I am, in London, happy that I was a little reckless for once.

Happy Blogiversary to me!


  1. 8 years...wow! And I so love that you took a chance on London. You. Are. Awesome.

  2. Happy Blogiversary! I'm so pleased you made the decision that you did, and that you're happy you did it. London is a cool city, living abroad is awesome, and taking chances is the only way to live!!

  3. Happy Blogiversary! dang, 8 years, that's awesome. I'm totally the same way, very safe and calculating, but sometimes it's fun to be reckless and take chances. It looks like it was such a good decision for you!

  4. Happy Blogiversary , girl. :) and yes, sometimes we just got to be reckless. ;)

  5. Happy blogiversary!

    I think making this huge leap of faith was the best decision you could have made for yourself. You just seem so happy and if it took taking out a loan and being in debt for this - SO BE IT.

  6. it takes guts to do that, and you sound happy so it's a winner!

  7. happy blogiversary x8!
    and many moreeeeeee

  8. Wow! That IS a long time. Congrats, keep posting xo

  9. "Because all that logic was really fear."
    This is one of the most brilliant things I have ever heard. So much truth.