What up duders.
So, I got myself a bachelor's degree in English about two years ago. As some of you might know, liberal arts degrees aren't exactly golden tickets into the wide world of gainful employment. For about a year, I bounced between three jobs I utterly despised (wal-mart photo studio, standardized test grader, warehouse cherry picker), until finally settling on an old standby from college - pizza delivery. A few months later, I landed a job in a library, since I had worked at my campus library my last two years in college. One year later I absolutely hate delivering pizza - working for tips is an injustice nobody should have to go through. However, I realized that I loved my library job, and decided to go further with it. About a week ago, I was accepted to the master's degree program at the IUPUI school of library and information science. Booyah! I'm getting my MLS, and planning on tacking on a focus in library technology management.
So here I am, registered for my two preliminary courses and ready to quit my delivery job for good. I was just curious - are there any of you out there with master's degrees or beyond, or currently enrolled in grad school? What should I expect of the life of a grad student? How completely broke am I going to be for the next two to three years? I imagine your experience can vary wildly from discipline to discipline, but any advice or just stories would be appreciated.