Thinking About The Move


irelandOver the past few days I have been researching our upcoming move next year. Of the six schools I am applying to four of them are a lot further west than I have ever dared to venture. My top choices for schools, in fact, are located in Nevada and California. A move from North Carolina to California is going to set us back approximately $4,000. Even selling everything we own with the exception of necessities the cost won’t be much lower and so I am determined to find a company to sponsor our drive…hey, I’d drive a huge advertisement across country to get the darn move paid for. I know, it’s wishful thinking but I have no idea how a soon to be grad student is going to find $4k to cover moving from one side of the country to the other but I am determined to do it one way or another. It is important to me to find my path in life, to complete the education I always wanted and I knew coming in to this that it wasn’t going to be easy. I’m a girl from a family of limited means, even going back to the very roots of my family tree you would find impoverished people…but each and every one of them had the determination to do what they needed to make things work and I am no different.

My family is English as well you know by now. I was born in England, my fifteen cousins, my multitude of aunts and uncles, both sets of grandparents – we are all English. My great grandparents were English from my mothers side and Irish from my fathers and their parents were English and Irish respectively. We are a large family from small countries that know their fair share of oppression and limited means and yet we continued to slowly expand across the globe to grow our horizons and increase our chances at success.

I will be the first child in our family – ever – to pursue a doctoral degree. I will be the first  child in our family – ever – to pursue any post BA degree. The concept of being the first in such a long line of lineage is daunting but it gives me pride, knowing that I am continuing the tradition begun by my Irish great grandparents and continued by my father in our move to the United States by moving forwards.

When I think of the challenges my great grandparents must have faced in their move from Ireland to England the $4,000 I am looking at to make my move doesn’t seem so much. To uproot an Irish Catholic family and move to a Protestant heavy country in a time of extreme poverty and famine…to do this with a famed outlaw in the family lineage…well it isn’t exactly conducive to a warm welcome.

I am proud to be able to continue my family’s push for progress and change. I am worried of what the Western United States may bring for my small family of Buzz, Jet and myself, particularly with such a distance between my siblings and parents and I;  but it is for the best. This big change is a good change and if my great grandparents could do it in a time such as it was, I can surely find a way to do it now.

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3 Responses to “Thinking About The Move”

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    DG says:

    you should be proud! a doctoral degree is no small goal nor a small accomplishment so kudos to you. your family must be excited and I’m sure it will be tough since grad school comes with a considerable price tag but anything to achieve a dream is worthwhile 🙂

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    Queen Bee says:

    I am rooting for you!
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    yefi says:

    moves are always stressful but it sounds like you’re doing the right thing – a future is nothing to scoff or worry about. just go with the flow. sounds like you’ve got big plans ahead!


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