For a while I knew going back to school was in the cards for me but I wasn't really sure how, or when, or what. In the final lap of my BA I said to myself: "I'm going to apply to grad school, I'm going to get a PHD, and I'm going to teach English and Writing while writing novels on a comfortable salary, when it's over." Unfortunately it didn't quite work out that way for me, the first time around. I went ahead and applied and got rejected by every school I applied to, and that changed my life. This rejection happened around a time when I was working at an independent theatre company, in my final semester which was an equally as influential experience. When it was all over I took a chance and freelanced, which wasn't exactly easy, or all that profitable at first but the flexibility of freelancing made me way happier. It allowed me to travel, it allowed me to meet someone special, and it made my life a bit more flexible. Traditionalists might read this and go: "why don't you just get a 'real' job?" I tried that post-school, but no matter how much I try that freelancing just puts itself in front of me, and says: "here's some money, write." I know it didn't lead to bucket loads of money, but the more I give it a shot, the more I learn minor details on how to make it work. I think the real game changer happened though, when I joined the Professional Writer's Association Of Canada. I was suddenly a hundred times better at fighting for fairness, and understanding the difference between fairness and unfairness.