Is Graduate School Right For Me?

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You may have asked yourself this question at some point in your life. Perhaps you are in your early twenties, well on your way to your bachelor’s degree. Or maybe you have been out of college for years and want more from your life. Whatever the reason, it’s a big question to ask.

Education Inflation

Not only does graduate school demand a great deal of time and energy, but it also costs quite a few big bucks as well. It’s not something to take lightly. I often consider our education system to be in an inflation period. What do I mean by this?

When our parents were young, getting a college degree was something only certain people did. It took a lot of work, time, and money to make it through. Flash forward to 2019 and everyone you talk to is in college for degrees they may or may not be certain about. A college degree these days is the same as a high school diploma was back in the 1950’s. And graduate school is the new college. Not many people can cut it, and getting a Master’s means you are a cut above the rest.

Is It Right For You?

So you must ask yourself some questions to determine if you are up for the challenge.

  1. What do I want my career for the rest of my life to be?
  2. What am I good at?
  3. Do I have the resources to complete graduate school?
  4. What opportunities would become available to me if I get a Masters degree?
  5. Would I be happy making a living in a job at a lower level than a Masters degree?
  6. Who will I be supporting financially while I go to graduate school?
  7. Who will be supporting me while I go to graduate school?
  8. What do I need to complete for my graduate school application?
  9. What references do I have to recommend me to a graduate program?
  10. What is my plan b in the instance I don’t get accepted into graduate school?
  11. Will I be able to afford graduate school on my current budget?

Once you’ve sat down with a nice tasty beverage and sorted out these questions with yourself and loved ones, you can begin to better understand the course you want your life to take and whether or not graduate school is in your future.

Just remember that whether or not you decide to go to graduate school, you must make the choice that is right for you. If you are considering graduate school because of the opinions of others, that is not a valid reason. Do it for you, and by your own judgement.

Stay tuned for more posts about Graduate School, as this is something I am currently pursuing in my life. Let’s tackle this beast together! 

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