Monday, August 5, 2013

Thoughts on Grad School, Pt. 2

1.) Try to spread out the courses that you know will make your head swim – unlike my fall term: Information Technology and Financial Reporting & Analysis.

2.) I’ll admit that every time I get my final grades, I want to put them on the fridge.

3.) Every once in awhile a student comes around that just makes you look good. You know the student I'm talking about. She’ll cite Wikipedia as a source, or he’ll say something that makes it glaringly obvious that he didn’t read the full text. To those students: Thanks for making the rest of us look so good. Also, get out of the program.

4.) Sometimes I wish my husband would act surprised that I get A’s in my classes. He smiles and says, “Of course, you did.” I’m over here thinking, Give me a high five or something. Get excited! At the same time, it’s nice that he has so much faith in me.

5.) I’ve come to realize that every single class will involve a group project.

6.) I think working in corporate social responsibility would be an awesome job.

7.) Things I love about school: Learning, case studies, discussions.

8.) Things I could do without: Writing papers, the inevitable “lazy group member.”

9.) I just remembered that I need to get a new library card, now that I’ve moved. (Writes “Get library card” on to-do list under “Get TN drivers license”)

10.) I wish I could go to school full-time and pound out the rest of this program. At the same time, it’s nice to have work and school to balance each other out. Well, I’m not doing either right now, but soon again! For now, my homework looks like this:

Current Homework

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A reader recently shared a neat interactive guide called The Great Grad School Debate. I wouldn’t consider it the decision-maker for school, but who doesn’t love an adult “Choose your own adventure” activity? :) Check it out if you've ever considered grad school.


Meg O. said...

I am not surprised you are an amazing grad student! Are you going to be working full time again?

Devon said...

I miss school!... except for group projects. No thanks.

Betsy Transatlantically said...

I will give you a high five every day! you are a rockstar of the brain :)

working in CSR would be really interesting... I did corporate fundraising when I was in London and it was SUCH a different world from individual philanthropy, which is what I usually do!

Lauren {Adventures in Flip Flops} said...

I like group projects when everyone does what they're supposed to do. It can be great to bounce ideas off each other and split the writing. On the other hand, there's always "that kid" who makes it an awful experience.

For the record, I LOVED grad school, and am currently contemplating a second masters or a PhD. We'll see!

Nilda said...

Put your grades on your fridge! My husband has his final transcript with his 4.0 on the fridge. He made sure to keep it in a safe spot when we moved in!

Jasmine said...

Awesome job for doing so consistently well! I think it's great that you can move and not have your studies disrupted. Maybe when I graduate I'll do a Masters via correspondence so I can live somewhere a bit unusual whilst I'm still young!

Whitney said...

High five for you! I knew you'd be an awesomely dedicated student. You're not one to half-ass things, at least that I've known. You go girl.

Darby Hawley said...

You are a dream student!!!! I never assign group work just because I remember despising it so much! It was horrible and make the assignment a million times more terrible than it needed to be. I'm so proud of you for pursuing continued education!