“Do not say, ‘I will study when I have time’; for you may never have the time.”
– Rabbi Hillel
After what has amounted to weeks of introspection, thoughtful conversations with friends and family, email exchanges with advisers and discussions with commanders throughout the Ground Forces, I have taken the multitude of advice I have received and come to a decision.
For many reasons – which I will elaborate on at a later date and time – I have decided to turn down the offer of a contract with the IDF and the future opportunity to attend the Officers Training School. Instead, I have opted to pursue my professional education and to continue forward with my career.
To that end, I’ve decided to return to the United States and to pursue my M.A./Ph.D. there.
I will be retiring from active duty on June 19, 2011. It is my plan to be on Long Island on July 1, 2011 in order to have enough time to study for the GREs. It is my goal to resume my academic studies in August of 2012.
For those of you who have asked me if this is a ‘permanent move’, the answer is that I don’t speak in terms of permanence. I speak in terms of right now. What I do know is that at the end of the day, I want to live in Jerusalem. What I also know is that the only way I will be able to accomplish both my personal and professional goals at the same time is if I return to the United States.
If you’re interested, the schools and programs that I’m applying to are:
A) Hofstra University – M.A. in Forensic Linguistics
B) University of Oregon – Ph.D. in Descriptive Linguistics & Fieldwork
C) SUNY Stony Brook – Ph.D. in Linguistics
D) University of Rochester – Ph.D. in Linguistics
E) The University of Chicago – Ph.D. in Linguistics
F) Indiana University Bloomington – Ph.D. in Sociolinguistics
G) University of Texas at Austin – Ph.D. in Hebrew Studies
I’ll be posting more information in the coming days.