Why Is Grad School Stuff so Confusing??

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 3
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306 posts
Helper bee

I know what I want to study, but it’s difficult because I’m a marine biologist and SO is in entertainment. That limits the places we can go, especially because I want to study coral reef ecology. The Great Barrier Reef would be a great place for it, but there is no film industry in that part of Australia.

I’m mostly not looking forward to taking the GRE, and writing up a project proposal since I will be pursuing a PhD.

If you can, visit the schools and talk with potential advisors and people that have that advisor. As women, it’s particularly important to find an advisor who understands the needs of a student who is pregnant or has children. Many want you to dedicate your entire life to your project and not have any outside commitments. 

If you apply to a few different schools, you’ll probably be accepted into one or more, maybe just not your #1. Your ultimate goals will help you figure out what program to apply to. Do you now know what department you want to be in, like sociology, English, etc? You should really have that narrowed down before you apply anywhere. I’m a science major so it’s probably different if you’re not, but in my field, you often have to apply to a specific person who will mentor you, and whose lab you will work in, and your admission is contingent upon your personal academic strength as well as the merits of your proposed thesis.

I have probably not helped your fears here, but I always advise people against going to grad school just to get a degree. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

@prettyinpink11:  Oops, I thought when you said you didn’t know what you wanted to study, you meant you wanted to go to grad school but didn’t know what field you would study. I have a friend who just got her MFT license and almost all of her other local friends are either MFT or LCSW. Most of what I heard from her is practicum stuff so I don’t know if you’ll have an advisor/mentor to work with at the school. Kinda sounds like you have a lot of options available to you, and if you don’t know what you want to do for a specialty you can sample different internships to see what you like. Good luck!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I was so unsure that it took me 13 years to go to grad school. Smile  But now that I’ve found a program I love that combines all my interests, I’m much more diligent about getting school work done than I was in undergrad. Another plus is that my company is paying for grad school – also helps with the motivation.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m very worried about getting into grad school. Fi and I just bought a house and there is a grad school with my program 10 minutes away, 2 schools 30 minutes away and if I don’t get into either of them the next school is 3 hours away! Studying hard for the GRE next month!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’m worried too, I was extremely depressed my senior year of undergrad and my GPA tanked. I did well on the GRE, somewhere in the 1400s, but idk if that and some strong references will be enough. I have a year of professional experience as well, but quit because it was a bad fit. I need more school to get where I want to be, and now it’s a matter of finding a program that will both get me there and let me in.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@prettyinpink11:  I had also understood you wanted to go to grad school but didn’t know what to study. Definitely need to be clearer in your post cause I was ready to rip into your flakey grad school plans!! LOL 

Why not take that 1 year to work in a similar field? What’s your bachelor’s in? Where did you get it? What’s your CGPA? I think that’ll better allow bees to guide you…

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@prettyinpink11:  What about midwifery? The world needs more midwives (I have an agenda :P- 7 weeks pregnant!!)

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@prettyinpink11:  new jersey. I worked in th field for a year at a day program for mentaly ill adults, but, like you, I want to work with children, so I left to become a nanny while I figure out school.

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