How Should You Decide Where To Go To Grad School?
Posted on March 2, 2015
As you know, grad school has been a hot topic for the LaurenBergerInc.com community. I went back to three of our former Intern Queen ambassadors who are all currently in grad school and asked them the following questions:
- Tour Your Top 3 Choices. Our ambassador Susan Griffiths who attends the University of Georgia says, “I knew I wanted to go to my school after touring the campus and obsessing over the admissions materials.”
- Speak to People Who Go or Went To That School. Susan also reiterates the importance of going to a school where you enjoy the people you are going to be around. She says that you should really focus on finding a place where you can see yourself making life long connections.
- Think About Where You Want to Live in Relation to the School. During law school, you will probably do an internship, it’s not a bad idea to do an internship in a place where you might want to live after graduation –or at least in the general vicinity (northeast/etc). That being said, there are certain schools that you go to and they are so prestigious that you won’t need to worry too much about location.
- You Don’t Have to go to your Undergrad. Susan Griffiths says there are “pros and cons to going to your undergrad for grad school.” She says to consider your options and see whats out there.
- Be Aware of the Rankings. Many of our students currently in grad school point out the importance of being aware of where your school ranks and the reputation of that school in the world. It shouldn’t be a decision maker but it is something to be aware of. Lauren Nevidomsky who currently goes to University of Virgina points out that for law school there is something called the T14 which is the Top 14 schools in the country – again, be aware of these lists.
- Understand the Median Salary You Will Qualify For – Post Grad-School. I’ll use the law school example here again. If you are going to law school, do your research, and understand what the median salary you will make after law school will be. Make sure you highly research this number and manage your own expectations.
- Understand the School/Employer Relationships. Where have other recent grads from that program gone onto work? What types of employer relations does your school have? Will the school be able to assist you in finding work after graduation? These are all things that should factor into your decision making process.
- Other Factors. Marisa Luna who attends California State University Chico, points out some of the factors you’ll want to consider: going out of state, family, your significant other, tuition costs, and cost of living. She is spot on with these recommendations – make sure you don’t take this decision lightly and you do your homework!
- Faculty Research. Marisa also points out that students considering grad school should research the professors at the institutions that interest them. Do they have any specialities? Any interested works published? Are they working on any research projects that interest you? She says this is something she wishes she put more of an emphasis on during her grad school research.
For more grad school information and blogs, continue reading our Post-Grad section on LaurenBergerInc.com HERE.