Senior Summer: Grad School– Yea or Nay?

One of the questions to tackle before senior year of undergrad is whether you want to immediately sign for the more school after graduation.

While there are plenty of good reasons to enroll in grad school (and plenty of bad ones as well), you do still have time to prepare for applications and funding. You can use this handy timeline (just condense the steps for May and June).

(Photo Credit: Flickr User Robert Couse-Baker)

(Photo Credit: Flickr User Robert Couse-Baker)

Good Reasons to go to Grad School:

  • You Have to For professions like medicine and law, it’s a requirement so no brainer there.
  • You Really Want to If you found a program that you’re really interested, by all means, go! You’ll be there for at least one to three years, completing a  dissertation, so you may as well love it.
  • Other Reasons…
Bad Reasons to go to Grad School:
  • You Feel Obligated to After 12 years of required schooling and another 2 to 4, it feels wrong to stop attending school, right? (Wrong)
  • Your Relatives Want You to Even if they’re offering to pay, you still have to do the work, not them, so let it be your decision
  • You’re Scared of the Job Market Newflash! We all are! But that shouldn’t be your main reason for dropping buckets of dough on extended education.
  • Other Reasons…
After giving it some careful thought (preferably with some pro-con lists or flowcharts involved), and you’ve decided to apply to grad school, here’s what you should do next:
  • Research schools you’re interested in
  • Decide which ones you want to apply to
  • Take a diagnostic of the GRE, sign up for a month of free GRE practice questions, and then pickup a GRE practice book at the library
  • Research fellowships and scholarships to help pay for school
  • Contact potential recommenders
  • Work on your essays and personal statements
  • Take the GRE
  • Plan your fall semester so you don’t miss deadlines once school starts
If you decide not to apply to grad school, start thinking hard about your post-grad plans, whether that entails job fellowships, internships, travel programs, etc. Now is the time. (Yes, I’m terrified too.)

[InsertCleverPhraseHere],

Ash M. Monty

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