6 Pieces of Advice for Students Attending or Considering Grad School
Posted on May 25, 2016
Over the past few weeks, we’ve published a few different blogs related to the grad school experience. Last week, we posted How Should You Decide Where to Go to Grad School? And a few weeks back we posted a blog called; Grad School: Should I Go Now or Wait. This week I went back to these students that have been helping with this series of grad school articles and just asked for some general grad school advice they’d share with others. Here’s what we heard:
- Spend Time With the Decision to Attend. Grad school isn’t a joke – it’s a real commitment. Speak to friends who have attended, talk to your school admission department, and try to understand (to the best of your ability) what you are signing up for.
- Research the impact grad school will have on your job and salary. I realize that not every student goes to grad school to get a better job or a higher salary. However, on InternQueen.com, I’m going to take leap and assume that it’s what many of you are after. Make sure you do your research here. For example, sometimes if you go get your MBA right after college you don’t get the salary bump after completing your degree that you might get if you work for a few years first and then get your MBA.
- If You Are Unsure, Wait. Every student I spoke with said that if you don’t have a gut feeling that grad school is right for you at this time in your life – just wait. It’s a big commitment, a lot of money, a lot of hard work, and you have to be sure.
- Keep the Partying In Line. Of course, there is a social opportunity at grad school. Some people attend grad school for the parties, the networking, and the social aspect. Of course, you can get good grades and still attend some parties every once in a while. Just stay focused on who you are and what you’ve come to grad school to achieve. One of our former Intern Queen Ambassadors who attends University of Virginia Law School says that she has a sign in her room at school that says, “Don’t forget where you came from but never lose sight of where you are going.” This keeps her focused.
- Be Open to Friendships and Relationships. Another one of our former Intern Queen Ambassadors says that she has made some of the best friends ever in grad school and they’re all really different and unique friends. She encourages students to be open to new relationships and nice to everyone as you may be in touch with these people for the rest of your career and these are some very important relationships.
- Grad School Isn’t Undergrad. Some people leave undergrad thinking, “Man,that was easy.” With grad school, this is typically NOT the case. A former Intern Queen Ambassadors warns, “I’m not going to lie, I think grad school is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. There are times when you are going to feel over your head, but trust me, that’s normal.” She says that grad school will help build your perspective, enhance your skillset, and make you an even better individual.
Get Excited! You have an exciting chapter ahead. For more grad school and post grad content, visit our Post Grad section on LaurenBergerInc.com.