Just to add a positive experience to this chronicle, I was actually extremely surprised at how accomodating my supervisors were when I told them my intentions. My original plan was to quit my job and go full time, but when I discussed this with my boss she was really eager to see if they could work out a half time schedule if I was willing to go to school just part time. When we discussed it with her boss, he was as excited as I was, offered to write me a letter of rec., and even looked (unsuccessfully) into letting me keep my benefits if I stayed on at a part time schedule. We have now worked out an arrangement by which I will work part time for a very decent wage, go to LS part time (it'll cost me an extra year but it's well worth it for what I'll save by having a great paying job during LS), and pick up extra hours at full pay whenever class is not in session. If I had hidden my intentions from them, none of this would have happened. I happen to work in a rather trusting and open culture but I just thought I'd note that there can be real benefits to being upfront with your employer when you can.