Should I Go to Grad School?


As many of Parkside students are nearing graduation, some troubling questions are coming up: What now? Should I get a job? What kind of job? Should I go to graduate school? Where? For what degree? How do I get in?

Questioning yourself and your place in life after graduation is a natural, common feeling among many graduating students. So let’s talk grad school:

1) Grad school is expensive, at least twice the cost of Parkside tuition (if not more). Some students receive tuition waivers or grants for grad school (which I will discuss at a later point), but others simply must take out thousands upon thousands of dollars in student loans. That takes an incredibly long time to pay off. Not to mention, each application to grad school is at least $60. If you apply to ten schools, that’s $600. Do you have that kind of money available right now?

2) Additionally, grad school is time-consuming. Depending on the program, you’re looking at at least another two years in school, if not more. That’s another two years (or more) of classes, homework, papers, etc. While all of your friends are graduating and moving on with their lives, you’ll still be in school. Granted, it’s a higher level of school, but it’s still school. Is that a commitment that you’re prepared to make?

3) You will likely have to leave the mid-west. Parkside is a commuter school, meaning that most students who attend it, live in the immediate area. When you apply to grad school, you’ll likely be looking at schools that are far away, away from family and friends and boy/girlfriends. Is that something you’ll be able to handle?

The overall rule of thumb is don’t go to grad school unless it’s essential to your future career. What I mean to say, is that if you want to be a college professor, yes, you need a master’s degree. But if you want to be a high school teacher, you only need a bachelor’s degree. Is this making sense? Don’t go into debt, waste your time, and cause yourself unnecessary pain by going to grad school when it’s not something you absolutely need to do. So ask yourself: Do I need it?

Keep reading for more facts, tips, and stories that can help you with your own journey toward graduate education. For more personal insight into the graduate world, follow my blog at haileyfoglio.wordpress.com


Article by Hailey Foglio

2 comments

    • Dear reader,

      Grad school is a huge decision that should not be made lightly. Many students find themselves going to grad school for the wrong reasons and end up swallowed in debt. The above points of consideration are widely recognized as being the most important things to consider. Can you afford it, do you have time for it, and is it worth it? This is in no way biased or intended to be negative. It does not say “don’t go to grad school” and it does not say “go to grad school.” These are just things that you need to consider. If you want to go to grad school and have the money, time, and willpower, then by all means, go for it.

      Additionally, this article is the first of many that will take place in this column. Upcoming articles will feature how-to advice for writing letters of interest and filling out applications, as well as how to narrow down your choices for potential grad school education. Again, these will not be pro- or anti-grad school. They will simply be informational.

      Thank you for your interest in The Ranger News. We appreciate your feedback and encourage you to continue being a part of our ever-growing community.

      Sincerely,
      Hailey Foglio

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