I'm starting grad school in the fall! Pretty exciting & nerve wracking stuff. Taking a page from Kate's book, I'd rather not get into the specifics. However, it will suffice to say that I'll be starting a master's program in history in just a couple of months.
Conventional wisdom (and U.S. News & World Report) says that there are a number of "wrong reasons" to attend grad school. The ones that come to mind are:
- to make lots of money
- to avoid getting a real job
- to impress people
I've worked a real, 9-5, cubicle-dwelling job for more than two years now, so I didn't avoid that. I suppose I don't hate the idea that some people will be impressed with my degree, but I also recognize that many people won't be. ;)
No, the two main reasons for my return to academia are these:
- to study history at the graduate level. This is the most pure reason I can think of. I have missed the study of history & am excited about returning to it, at a more advanced level.
- to get a job that I love. Over the past three years since I earned my bachelor's, I've found many jobs that I think would have been great for me, but which required a master's.