Two of my best friends are moving to Dallas in a month. Brad is moving to start a new job with his family business. Toni is moving to have a new experience.
And I'm staying right here. For now.
I went with Brad and Toni to Dallas last week to help them look at apartments (and find good bars).
Dallas has been one of my favorite cities since I first visited there when I was 8 years old. I planned to move there after college.
When I graduated, I applied for a few jobs. I got phone interviews. I made it to second and third rounds. And then I was told, "you don't have enough job experience". So, a job opened up in Oxford and I stayed.
I work for the University, so I can take 2 classes per semester for free. FREE. The online MBA program just happens to be 2 years at 2 classes a semester. It starts this January.
My plan was to get an MBA for free. Or at least half free. That would put me staying in Oxford until January 2014 at the earliest, 2015 if I stay here for the full 2 years. (I would still complete my MBA if I left -- just wouldn't get the second year free.)
But after visiting and being in Dallas as an adult -- do I want to stay in small town Oxford, MS 30 miles from where I grew up and the only other place I've lived after high school for 1-2 more years? Or am I just wasting 1-2 of my prime years that I could be spending in big city Dallas, TX?
Is a free MBA worth it? Do I need an MBA at all?
Oxford is a lovely town and will always hold my heart -- but do I want to live here, in this college town, until I'm 27? Am I missing experiences that I should be having as a young adult?
I need advice.