Tag Archives: Master’s

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

Wassup with our members: Part 1

Summer is here but as we all know, most graduate students spend this time trying to get a step ahead (or at least keep their heads above water) so they are prepared for the fall term. Along with Crystal Whetstone, our VP of Public Relations, my job this summer is to keep you all posted on what GSA members are up to. Last week I spoke with Emily Polander, Craig This, and Karen Wines. Here’s an update:

Emily (HF/IO Psych) is studying to take her qualifying exams by the end of the summer so she can propose her dissertation in fall quarter. Her dissertation topic is focusing on how conceptualizations about alcoholism differ between biomedical and sociocultural communities. If all goes well in the next couple of months, she’ll also be taking a little vacay to Puerto Rico.

Craig is one of our members pursuing a Master’s degree in English. This summer he is writing an entry on “The Incredible Hulk” for Icons of the American Comic Book (due out 2011).  He also will have an essay published this fall entitled, “Captain America Lives Again and So Do the Nazis: Nazisploitation in Comics after 9/11″ in Nazisploitation! The Nazi Image in Low-Brow Cinema and Culture (Continuum, due Fall 2011). Okay, I have to say…very cool.

Karen is working on her Master’s degree in Anatomy. She’s planning her oral comps in July and told me she will spend most of her time with her head in her books (somehow I’m not shocked). On top of that, she’s teaching summer courses on Tuesdays and Thursdays; this will, no doubt, use up the last remaining free minutes of her summer but she has promised me a cup of coffee sometime in August.

Yours truly and stay cool,

Lisa J. Douglas, VP