Tag Archives: grad student

I want a Ph.D. I think.

There is so much information available about whether or not to pursue a Ph.D. Lately I’ve seen a lot of not. The argument? The process can seem never-ending (and sometimes is), tedious, can be expensive and may not increase pay down the road, etc. And etc. For many, however, it’s a challenge and goal that is strong enough to overcome the cons of the process. The short and sweet take away here is you shouldn’t go down this road without serious and honest dialogue, self-reflection, and careful consideration. Here’s a link to an infographic that’s easy to understand and comes with some sobering stats.

That being said, it’s time for me to get back to work writing my research proposal … for my Ph.D.

Yours truly,

Lisa J. Douglas

GSA member’s exciting stay in England!

Galen Crawford of our very own GSA is spending three exciting weeks interning in Cambridge, England at Anglia Rusking University.  His stay began on the 6th of this month and he’ll be there through the 28th of November.

His goal while in England is to explore higher education in the UK, specifically how the UK’s Division of Student Affairs differs from American Divisions of Student Affairs.  The big project he’ll be working on during his internship is the integration of student development theories into Anglia Rusking University’s Training Matrix and Learning Outcomes for Staff Development.

This is a wonderful opportunity for Galen professionally but it will also provide him with a great experience traveling outside the U.S.  To learn more about his time abroad and the projects he’ll be working on, please follow his own blog which will chronicle his stay in Cambridge!

GSA Grants: Request for Proposals coming soon!

Keep an eye out for the new GSA grant program request for proposals. The announcement will be coming soon and graduate students can apply for one of two types of grants: a Professional Development Grant (max $400) or an Original Work Grant (max $750). The first deadline will be January 1, 2012.

Grad school 101: The whys and the why nots

Grad school. MBA, PhD, MS, MFA, M.Eng. , JD, Ed.D. Take your pick; these letters (and all the others I haven’t listed) are the result of hard work and perseverance and hopefully result in a great job that pays decently. I frequently have people ask me if grad school is worth it and I think this is an extremely important dialogue to have. Important because I don’t think graduate school is for everyone (hey, I don’t think college is for everyone) and it makes a ton of sense to ask the question. Especially considering the process of grad school may take years. And {{{groan}}} years. The decision, and commitment, requires careful consideration — Is the experience of graduate school, and the knowledge you will gain, in line with the goals of your life?

I recently came across a blog post talking about the pros and cons of going to grad school and I think it’s worth a read. Most of us at one time had this conversation with ourselves — we asked others for their opinion, scoured the internet for information, and wrote down little check lists of whys and why nots. But I found that the idea of going to grad school and the reality of it were very different things. So revisiting the “to go or not to go” debate at this stage of the game was an interesting exercise.

The blog post, by Tiffany Monhollon, has three parts: 1) The grad school debate, 2) Myths about grad school, and 3) Timing and the value of experience. I can’t speak to the veracity of the information; blog posts are, by nature, subjective. But take away what speaks to you. Feel free to leave a comment and continue the dialogue.

Grad school debatehttp://littleredsuit.com/2007/07/26/grad-school-101-an-inside-take-on-the-great-grad-school-debate/

6 grad school mythshttp://littleredsuit.com/2007/07/31/grad-school-101-the-truth-about-the-top-six-grad-school-myths/

Value of experiencehttp://littleredsuit.com/2007/08/13/grad-school-101-a-story-of-timing-and-the-value-of-experience/

Yours truly,

Lisa J., VP