Fact: I have been offered a spot in the 2009 Teach for America Corps. I've been assigned to early childhood through third-grade in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
Fact: I have to accept or decline the offer by February 2nd.
Fact: I have to attend a summer institute at George Mason University wherein they will cram my head full of the considerable knowledge it requires to be a teacher.
Fact: In order to stay employed for my two years, I am required to get a masters in education from George Mason during that time. Fact: tuition, even with a 50% discount, is $9,500 for two years.
Fact: it is "very highly likely" that I will receive an Americorps grant that will cover the cost of my masters.
Oh, but then there are all these nebulous non-fact things to consider. I don't know if I'll even be good at teaching or like it. There are quality-of-life issues - working 8-4, plus class, plus prep for each day - would I have time to enjoy my life in D.C.? On the plus size, having a master's in education would be something good to have in my hand. And I'll be teaching kids to read. I have the chance to give kids a semblance of the opportunities I had growing up. On a level completely separate and alone, that is just plain cool.