Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Grad school glories, an alternative point of view
Since I manage our office’s career resource collection, I’m always on the look out for which books actually get pulled off the shelves and left on the tables, a sure sign that they’re being used. Most referenced type of resource? The grad school prep books, specifcially volumes having to do with entrance testing….the MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE. That’s probably true because a great number of Calvin College graduates eventually, if not immediately, end up in grad school. A great plan for a lot of people. But not a good plan if the purpose is to delay real life or the drudgery and anxiety of looking for a job.
I’ve written about this in the past but today’s angle is a bit different. Advanced education? I’m all for it. But the process of attaining your final degree may be rigorous in more ways than simply the academics. For one person’s experience, check out Dorthea’s story . We probably share more differences than similarities in religous orientation and grad school directions, but she does a great job of recording her first hand experiences in upper academia. Note especially her tips section entitled “Straight Talk About Grad School”, a gritty account bound to remove the stars from anyone’s eyes.