In the ongoing adventures I’m taking part in, the most looming quest I just started involves grad school.
I’ve changed my mind multiple times over the past year, in terms of what and where I want to study after my time is done here at Alvernia.
A few months ago I sat down with a professor here at Alvernia to talk about graduate school and she gave me some of the best advice I’ve gotten over the past few years.
She told me not to think about what lies at the end of grad school, be it the lure of a job or a promising career. Go to grad school just because you want to study more of something you love. Go to grad school because you have one passion or desire you need to embrace or have one burning question you need to answer. Go to grad school because you want to be a better doer of whatever it is that you do.
That advice still sticks with me. I keep looking at schools and telling myself not to think of the opportunities I’ll have after I graduate with an MFA or PhD or whatever, but to think of the opportunities I’ll have while I’m studying and learning more about what I’m passionate about.
So, to all you ambitious students out there thinking about grad school:
Don’t do it just because you’ll get a job with more prestige or more money or because you think it’s the easy way out or the right continuing step in your education.
Do it because you want to be a better you and a better doer of whatever it is that you do.