During those seven years I was working and going to school, often with overlapping full-time work and full-time school schedules. After (finally!) receiving my BFA, I thought I was all set to apply to grad school, right? No, no, no, you clever girl! While researching conservation programs I learned that in addition to earning a bachelor's degree, every applicant of an art conservation program must obtain a minimum number of pre-requisite credits in art history, studio art, and chemistry. For some programs, an additional science is required as well. These courses are needed just to apply to the five conservation programs that exist in North America. No, that was not a typo! Only five programs exist within the US and Canada. As you can guess, these programs are VERY competitive. Did I mention that each school only accepts ten students a year? Wait, I'm forgetting that UCLA only accepts new students every OTHER year. Basically, around 9% of the application pool will be accepted into a program each year. I applied four years in a row, was given alternate status at Buffalo the third year, and granted a spot in the class of 2016 the fourth year.
Although the outcome for each program is the same, a master's degree, each one offers something unique and different from the rest. I researched each school extensively, applied to more than one, but always knew that the Buffalo program was my perfect fit. The day I received my acceptance letter reminds me of Charlie finally finding that golden ticket. I fully understand his elation! Getting into a conservation program, though, has nothing to do with luck or chance. Believe me, if eating chocolate could get me into grad school, I'd be world champion!
Let the adventures begin!