General business major. Should I do my bachelors then do grad school

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@outgoingcutie15:  I noticed that you’ve been asking a lot of questions about schools and education in general. You should probably talk to your academic advisors about these things. Most of us can only give you opinions, and some of these questions can actually just be googled, and you’ll get your answers faster that way.

As for grad school, that can be determined in your junior year. Ideally, you’ll be doing an internship, and that should tell you whether or not a bachelors degree is enough for your specific career goals.

I also saw that you were looking for recommendations for good schools. Honestly? There are a ton of good schools in this country. I went to a research university that’s known for its pre-med and bio programs. All the business students I knew were successful after graduating. I don’t think you’ll make a wrong choice if you do your homework on these universities. And remember that it’s really your gpa and test scores that determine where you’re accepted. I sure as hell wanted to go to Harvard, but my gpa wasn’t good enough.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

@outgoingcutie15:  dont listen to her, if your advisors are anything like mine then they dont know.jack about the real world. opinions from real people in the field is more.valuable than someone sitting behind a.desk. I would prolly go to graduate school if you can afford it without much debt, because to me nowadays an undergrad degree today is like a high school diploma thirty yeats ago.

But if you get a undergrad w mucho XP, then I have found that is more valuable than a masters on its own.

ask away

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@beemo:  Uhhhh, don’t listen to me? That’s pretty rude. You’re more than welcome to give an opposing viewpoint, I wouldn’t have stopped you. In fact, I encourage friendly debates in my own threads, because I guess I’m just an open-minded person.

And I’m sorry that you’ve had shitty academic advisors, I’ve had some pretty good ones. And how are we all just going to advise her on schools that we haven’t attended? We don’t have the information and statistics that advisors have, since they’re paid to know this information. Or OP could google some schools she’s interested in, and she might find forums that are education based, or however else better suited to answer her questions.

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

You definitely need to get closer to finishing your AA before you even think about grad school. If you have a 2.5 GPA while only taking 2 classes you need to start conditioning yourself for a heavier work load. Graduate school is also very expensive- have you discussed to what extent your parents are able to help you out with your schooling? What is your ultimate goal for a career? It might not be permanent so don’t think about double majoring unless you have a clear goal- especially because it just adds to the courseload.

 

I just got accepted to UC Berkeley (currently ranked #1 by US News out of all U.S. public universities- also very liberal like most universities) as a transfer student. My major typically gets acceptance between a 3.6 and a 4.0 I had around a 3.8. Your main focus now should be on improving your GPA and getting into a bachelor’s program. Do you currently have a job or extra curricular activities you participate in? If not you need to work on building up your appeal to universities.

 

Your graduate degree is what helps to specialize your bachelor degree. Graduate programs offer many pathways to further deepen your educational background in the subject of your choice. Masters programs do not always have to be related to your bachelor degree either. I’m majoring in Sociology but will be getting my master’s in Marketing.

ETA: TALK TO YOUR ADVISORS. If you get placed with one who does not gel well with you then see another, be persistant. You should be able to find someone who can help you and assist in figuring out realistic expectations for your future. If your CC has a counseling center see if admission advisors from local universities are available to speak with you- this helped me so much with my application process. I would also check into programs that offer guaranteed transfer admission. For the Univeristy of California system most of the schools offered admission so long as the applicant has a 3.0-3.2 or above (depending on campus). I did one as a backup but only applied to two schools. I got accepted to both.

Feel free to ask me any questions although I only really know about the UC system.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

@outgoingcutie15:  I have a BS in business and am currently going to grad school.  

Based on what the PP said, if you have a 2.5 GPA, you need to really work on getting it higher.

As far as advisors go, you can ask them but don’t take their word as God.  Get opinions from people working in the real world.  Get advice from as many people as you can, whether it’s on the internet or in real life.

What will be your major in grad school?   If you’re thinking of going for an MBA, schools typically want someone who’s been working full-time a few years.  It’s not like law school which is best done straight out of college.  And not all Master’s programs are equal – some are a waste of money.  With law and business, if you’re not going to a top rated school, it may not be worth it either.  One of the reasons I am going to grad school is because my employer pays for a large portion of it.  

For me if **I** had to do it over again, I’d get a degree in a STEM field in undergrad, because it’s wayyy easier to go from more technical to less technical as you progress in work and/or education, than the other way around.  

You have do do a thorough cost/benefit analysis to know if grad school will be worth it.  But right now, just concentrate on your GPA.

 

 

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