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The Only Constant

It's been a crazy past few weeks, thanks in large part to the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD1d0x3vRck">AWARE saga</a> and the <a href="http://www.google.com/search?q=h1n1">H1N1</a> virus. Add to that 1 year-old Caleb's experimentation into alternative sleep patterns and milestones at work, you've got yourself an involuntary blogging hiatus.
In the midst of all this, it has dawned on me that it is time for change. It was out of a deep desire to gather myself and retool for the future that I applied to <a href="http://www.medill.northwestern.edu/">Medill</a>'s Masters Programme in Journalism. The letter of admission on my table, and I am forced to think hard now that the deadline fast approaches.
Among the multitude of thoughts floating about randomly in my head:
<ul><li>The cost of the the programme: pretty much my life-savings</li>
<li>The need for education: I'm interested in new media journalism rather than old-school print, and a lot of it could be learned doing rather than studying</li>
<li>Believe it or not, the fact that Medill requires me to use a Windows machine. The community I've been a part of: the designers, coders, great communicators are predominantly Apple people. I'm a little shaken that content at Medill is tied to a platform</li>
<li>Medill is a top-notch journalism programme and maybe part of me seeks that validation as it would open doors to the established media giants now seeking to reinvent themselves</li>
<li>But that would mean relocating. I see so much potential for Singapore to grow, to come into her own as a mature society, and I want to be a part of that.</li>
<li>Sometimes I feel that the best way to do that is actually outside of the government, although being inside has many benefits as well.</li>
<li>Maybe I am a journalist. I am in love with storytelling and the exploration of issues.</li></ul>
I don't know what exactly it is I have to do, except that I've never been comfortable with routine. Like muscles, jobs, roles and their players need to be broken and rebuilt to grow stronger.
I need suggestions. You guys got any?

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