Grad school dreamin'
August 19, 2014 6:44 AM Subscribe
How can I lay the foundation for a very intential, awesome graduate experience a few years ahead of time? (I'm a hopeless planner.)
posted by geegollygosh to Education (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I graduated from college in 2011, and I have been idly considering going gack to graduate school recently. I have a liberal arts BA, which isn't really that suited to the work that I'm doing. I think I am good at this work and I enjoy it, but looking forward at the kinds of jobs I'd like to be in in ten years, I think I probably need to go back to school eventually. (I'd be getting a masters in education, though not in order to be a teacher in a classroom, most likely.) Not necessarily full time, I'm not really sure what it would look like.
I feel like in a lot of ways I didn't make the most academically of undergrad (which is fine, I don't think I was at a place in my life to make the most of it, I was figuring stuff out about myself and that was important at that point.) I want to go into grad school very focused and with a lot of intention about what I want to get out of the program. I want to focus my studies and my projects in ways that are relevant to me. I want to have the opportunity to get involved in organizations doing the kind of work I'm interested in and come out with contacts. I also want to make sure that this is the right choice for me in the first place.
So, to that end, what can I do now, 1-3 years out, to make sure that if I do go back to school, I'm not just drifting through it? Also, is there anything I can do ahead of time to help me finance it, besides just saving money (HAHAHAHA)? People I should contact, mental exercises I should do?