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Caved and bought a ski pass

BF has convinced me to shell out $309 for an early bird ski pass to Mt. Seymour (that’s 60% off the regular price). At first, I was completely against the idea, but I know I’m going to be upset with myself and super jealous come the winter when BF goes off to ski 2-3x/week, and I can’t go. Cost-per-use for the pass will be completely worth it, because this year I won’t have to shell out any money for gear. I have everything that I need.

Previously, we’ve split the cost of my pass since he gets his for free. This year we won’t be able to, but that’s okay. $309 is a bit cheaper than my pass to Grouse last year ($355), and we barely went skiing because the weather was crap. We ended up having to drive up to Whistler (and pay ridiculous amounts of money), or out to Manning Park. Fingers crossed this year that the skiing will be better, although I don’t see how it could get any worse!

The $309 will wipe my Savings Fund out, but that’s what it’s there for. And I know it will be worth it. I heart skiing.

Hi, From Maui!

Choosing the right program

As a follow-up to my post, Furthering My Education, I have narrowed my program choices down to 2 options. My boss spoke to me again, and said that they would probably be able to pay for my courses 100% if I took them one at a time (which I had planned on doing anyway). Otherwise they could look at paying something like 50% if I wanted to take more than that. I’m wanting to start come January.

  • Program #1: Marketing Management – Associates Certificate. 8 courses. This would take me about 2 years to complete.
  • Program #2: Marketing Management – Management Certificate. 16 courses. This would take me about 4 years to complete.

I can see the pros and cons of both options, and I have been going back and forth, trying to figure out which one would be a better fit for me.

  • Program #1 Pros: It will only take 2 years to complete, and I know that unless something goes horribly wrong, I will be at this job for the next 2 years – so financially, this certificate will be almost all paid for. Plus, with my years of experience in marketing, I feel like I just needed that added polish and the “Management” certification to get me to that next level in my career, so perhaps I only need this Associates Certificate.
  • Program #1 Cons: The program is not as complete or as noteworthy as Program #2.
  • Program #2 Pros: It’s the most complete “Management” marketing program I can take with the options that I want. It would look great on my resume. I would learn a lot.
  • Program #2 Cons: Not all courses are offered online & I really want to avoid classrooms. It would take at least 4 years to complete, so if I end up leaving my company within 4 years, I’d have to pay for the rest of the program myself (which is expensive). Some of the programs that are required but look super boring. I don’t know if I want to spend 4 years taking courses.

Right now, I’m leaning towards Program #2. It will be more of a challenge, but I think it’s better for me from a professional standpoint. Plus all of the classes look really interesting. I talked with my mom about it, and she reminded me that I’d probably be able to transfer a few credits from my other program. I looked into it, and it seems like 4-6 classes would transfer over. And if that’s the case, that would eliminate about a year off of the program (maybe more), which would be wonderful. I would hate to waste time and money learning what I already know.

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