I’ve known for a long time that I wanted to go to grad school. I had an idea of what I wanted to study and the schools that I wanted to apply for and I started doing research before I finished my undergrad. At the same time, it was really important to me that I take some time to earn money and gain professional experience. However, when I started working in salaried positions, I quickly realized that I missed the academic environment and using the skills (especially writing) that I had spent years and thousands of dollars developing.
When I graduated I created a five year plan. I wrote in a lot of flexibility and knew that I wouldn’t be able (or perhaps even want) to stick to it 100%, but I have used it to help keep me on track with my general life goals. My plan was to spend my first year after college working and not thinking about schools. I then wanted to spend the second year working but also researching and applying to graduate schools with the intention of starting the next fall.
While I did diverge from the plan a little bit and wasn’t always sure that I wanted to go to graduate school, I continued working on the plan so that the option would be available to me. This blog series will tell you about the steps that I took and the things that I learned along the way. Please let me know if you have questions or comments, or if there is anything that I left out that you’re interested in learning about. I’m reasonably open and I want to share the ups and downs so that others aware of how the process works and can make the decisions that are right for them.
-Researching programs to choose the right masters degree
–Preparing for and taking the GRE
-The application process
-Weighing offers and choosing a school
-What to do if you don’t receive funding
-How to transition from working full-time to being a full-time student
I’ll update this main post with links as the blog entries are created. Please let me know if there are any specific topics that you’re interested in that I haven’t covered.