Post # 1
Hello all! My fiance is only 1/3 done with his BA and he’s done all he can part time and would now have to quit his job to finish his E.E. degree. I have my degree and naturally want him to finish his. Thing is, he likes making money and he LOVES his job. He works with computers and says he learns stuff everyday. THey respect him even though all his coworkers have degrees and he doesn’t. He said he will do what classes he needs to get an A.A. in the mean time but since I’ve been very unhappy with the professional prospects my Anthropology degree left me with he suggested I make a go at grad school now. Seems like a perfect time. We have a low cost of living, no house or car payment, relatively low “bad” debt and my student loans would be defered. He doesn’t have any loans or credit debt, only a revolving loan with his tribe which is casino dividend pays for over half.
I wouldn’t even be applying until next winter, after GREs and the wedding. I always knew I’d go back to grad school. Ever since I’ve graduated I’ve felt unchallenged, unappreciated with lame job prospects. I miss learning and miss the challenge and satisfaction college gave me.
I graduated about a year ago, is it too soon to go back or does this seem at all like I can’t handle real working life? I’m ready for the commitment but am worried I might be doing it just because the economy has left me with bad jobs where I am unhappy at.
Any other bees go back to grad school lately? Worth it? What were your reasons?
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
I don’t think it is too soon to go back – I know plenty of people who went right from college to grad school. I will be going back to grad school in the fall after a three year working hiatus. I’m nervous to go back and not be making a significant amount of money any more, after earning for the last 3 years. I think if you feel it is the right time for you to go back to school, you should go for it. You can always work part-time to stay in the swing of it.
Post # 4
I took 8 years off before I went to med school. It was probably the single best decision I ever made in my life. I feel more fulfilled and accomplished than before, and I pushed and challenged myself so that I know now that I can do *anything* that I set my mind to!
Yes it was scary, and not always fun, but it was also exhilirating. I feel like I got to live my 20’s without much responsibility and then took on this new path when I was ready… so best of all worlds for me!
Post # 5
I will graduate undegrad in May (yay!) and then take a semester or 2 off before starting grad school. If you are ready for the commitment, go for it. I know so many people who didn’t take a break and kept chugging along (I really need a break though, I am so burnt out after all the wedding planning and we’re now in the process of buying a house)
Post # 6
I just started grad school after working in education for three years after college. When I’m done, I want to work in a college setting with first-generation/multicultural students, and having my Master’s will help me land a job like that.
It sounds like you have some good reasons for wanting to go back to school. My only advice would be to make sure that you are going for something that will not only interest and challenge you, but give you a leg up, career-wise, when you are done. In this economy, while it’s nice to be a student and not worry about the job market, it also means there is hardly any assistantships to help pay for your degree (unless you’re going for a PhD, or so I hear). Good luck!
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
I took a year off before going back to school and it was a good decision for me. Going back was scary but it was also really fun and mentally stimulating (and stressful, of course). I would highly recommend being very sure that the degree you’ll be going for is what definitely what you want do, or can at least be parlayed into a few options within a general field. Make sure you like the program and don’t just go back just for the sake of going somewhere…
The results when job hunting are gratifying, I’ve found. I think people see an second degree as a sign of commitment to the field and a level of seriousness towards your career.
Post # 8
i took 4 years off between my bachelors and now my mba. i should be finishing up in december and i am so glad i went back. sure it was kind of interesting juggling school and work and living but i think it was a worthwhile thing to do. i was nervous but i love my program, my school and my friends and i’m excited about what i can do with my mba once i’m all done. if the conditions are ripe for going back to school by all means do it! i’m living at home so i don’t have much expenses so fitting school into it was easy. good luck!