I think there are a lot of posts about why college isn’t for everyone. I, too, have my fair share of posts on what I wish I would’ve known before going to college. However, I also have a post on what I wish I would’ve known about post-grad life as well. That being said, I don’t think I’ve ever fully touched on the subject of what I would say to those who are thinking about grad school. So, here are my tips to say those who are thinking about grad school.
Take other people’s experiences and advice with a grain of salt. Towards the end of getting my master’s degree, I wondered if I did the right thing. This curiosity was brought on by other people’s experiences and advice. There was a blog I read that talked about why a master’s degree didn’t help them get a job. Then, I looked toward professionals in my own work who were high on the totem pole who didn’t have more than a bachelor’s degree. On top of this, my own family warned me that the kind of jobs that I was looking to have after graduating might not hire me because they don’t value degrees.
I was completely overwhelmed by this. Additionally, it made me question everything at the very last minute. However, I learned to shut out this additional fluff because I got into grad school and it was the right opportunity for me. So, if you’re seriously thinking about grad school, ignore everything people say. Some people think they know everything when in fact they don’t.
Follow your heart and forget about the price tag. This one is a tough one because I know that no one wants to be in debt. That being said, I have always looked at education as an investment into my career and my future. I don’t see it being a burden because I’ve always tried to make wise decisions. There were a few programs I considered, one being at my undergrad, which I adored. However, the program just wasn’t the right fit. So, I followed my heart and it was the best choice for me. I found a program that was going to give me everything I needed and more.
Find your best fit. As mentioned, it’s important to find a program that is the best fit. Without this, I think you will resent your choices for a long time. I don’t regret any of my education. Sure, I’m in debt but I have the tools that I feel like I need in order to be successful. That’s the kind of feeling you need to find when thinking about grad school.
So, with that, I wish you so much success. I know things can be difficult and big decisions are to have been had. However, I know that you will make the right decision.
Question of the day: Are you thinking about grad school? What advice would you like to hear? Ask away in the comments!
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