I’ve been mostly quiet about this up until now, besides some little hints dropped here and there. I’ve found that when I get my hopes up too high, it’s all the more crushing when things don’t pan out.
Chad was set to start grad school as a non-degree student, meaning he’d take classes but would still have to apply for formal admission to his degree program. Confused by all the courses offered, he went to the school and talked with a professor.
Upon finding out that Chad is proficient in CAD, the professor told him he might have a research position available! Chad applied for Fall 2010 admission (that’s the semester that just started), and for the research fellowship. It took a while for them to make the decision (after all, he was applying about 3 days after the semester had officially started, which equates to about 8 months late on the original deadline), but he got the word last Friday.
Not only is his research position really cool, but the fellowship pays his tuition and he gets a stipend of $22,000 per year! This is a huge relief, since we were planning to foot the $40,000 for the degree ourselves. The income, which is paid out in bi-weekly or monthly installments, is enough to give us a little extra breathing room (i.e. I might decide to spend it all on shoes).
So anyway, that’s what I’ve been hinting cryptically around since the beginning of the month.
The only bad thing about this is that I’ve lost my personal chef and laundry-doer. I’ll actually have to start pulling my weight around the house again!