This question has come up a lot in emails lately. People check out my story and notice that I started graduate school and ask me any variation of the question of why not just go back to school. So, here is why I am not currently pursuing a graduate degree:
I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.
It’s truly that simple. I actually had planned to go to graduate school right after college and deferred my acceptance to take a job that I really wanted. It was a good thing that I did that because the job gave me real-life experience in the field that made me realized that pursuing museum studies on a graduate level might not be what I wanted to do. I switched gears and while I enjoyed the graduate classes I took towards a master’s in history, it wasn’t enough. The program was grooming me for a doctorate and a life as a college professor – a noble career path but ill-suited for me. So I stopped and I haven’t gone back since.
I have nothing against graduate school. My aforementioned roommate is in graduate school. Most of my closest friends are in various stages of the graduate school cycle – applying, attending, trying desperately to finish, or considering going back after a few years of professional life. But for me, it just isn’t the right time. As I’ve talked about before, I have no idea what my passion is – how can I possibly pick a graduate program?
Look, I love school. I am a test-taking, multi-chapter-reading, note-transcribing fool. Anyone who knew me as an undergraduate knows that I love being in class, being inspired, and being challenged. I’m just not sure if I’m ready to make the leap to the next academic level without knowing what the step means.
What do you think, dear readers? How many of you are in graduate school? Are you happy with your decision to go? What made you decide on your current program? Leave it in the comments or drop us an email at postcollegiateblog [at] gmail [dotcom]