September 17, 2008
I finally figured it out!
I have decided to settle down and get serious about a career in Public
Garden Management and Horticulture. This decision allows me to work in
areas where public transportation is readily available, work in a greenhouse
environment, avoid the stress of production related capitalism, contribute
to the beauty of urban areas, preserve plants for future generations, and
educate people who are really interested in plants. It also solves the
dilemma about what I want to do when I grow up, because this way I can do a
little of everything.
Cornell and the University of Delaware both have fellowship only programs
for Master’s degrees (both fully funded with a living stipend). There are
other programs out there as well.
I have joined the Horticulture club as an active member (I might consider
running for an office) and am taking an extracurricular Urban Gardeners
Program with a 40-hour community service requirement at the local community
greenhouse (Hunter Park in Lansing – 2 minutes from my door walking). I am
working on a proposal for an internship with Beal Gardens here at MSU,
probably revamping the website and working on grant acquisition as we all
know that I can weed just fine.
Now to 4.0 everything and do well on the GRE.
“Cultivated plants are neatly planted; wild plants flourish in chaos.”
– Susun Weed