Going grad?

Photo courtesy of Leire Cullum | Leire Cullum considered going to graduate school so that she could perfect her craft as a journalist, but she is taking a break after graduation to prepare.Photo courtesy of Leire Cullum | Leire Cullum considered going to graduate school so that she could perfect her craft as a journalist, but she is taking a break after graduation to prepare.

Considering graduate school after undergrad

Getting to the end of your undergraduate career is a major milestone, and the question that comes next is: “Am I really finished with school?”  

Going to graduate school after finishing undergrad seemed like the right thing for me to do; I thought that way my entire college career.

My reasons for wanting to continue with school was the chance to learn more management and leadership skills that I could bring to my future career and the opportunity to earn more in the future.

Leire Cullum, senior mass communication major, is another student that considered attending the University of South Carolina for her master’s degree. She wanted to get more experience and perfect her craft as a journalist.

“I wanted to literally master my skills as a broadcast journalist and be able to use it as a stepping stone into the industry,” Cullum said.

When my own junior year came and went, studying for the GRE hadn’t crossed my mind. I also took into consideration the price tag for graduate school on top of my undergraduate loans. Trying to study for the GRE, paying to apply and trying to be appealing enough to get an assistantship and scholarships seemed daunting to me on top of trying to finish my undergraduate career strong.

Cullum met similar challenges during her senior year.

“I changed my mind about grad school at the beginning of this semester when I realized how much extra time that it was going to take that I didn’t have,” she said.

With graduation and the “real world” around the corner, I know that I’m planning to take time to get into my field.

Cullum hasn’t abandoned the idea of graduate school, but she is taking a break.

“I wanted to take a year to get everything together the right way with enough time to say I did my absolute best,” she said.

Graduate school may not be for everyone, but it’s worth exploring to see if you are up to the task. If not, it’s a great time to break into your career full time. 

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