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  •  I went to grad school because (1+ / 0-)
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    annetteboardman

    when I graduated with a BS I couldn't find a job and I panicked. Also, grad school scared me less than job interviews.

    The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right. Mark Twain

    by BlueMississippi on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 08:08:23 PM PDT

    •  Did you feel it was worth doing? (1+ / 0-)
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      I have wondered about our students who seem to think that is a reasonable thing to do.  We tell them it isn't but I haven't really heard the results from someone who has done it.  Do you think it worked out well for you?  Did you enjoy graduate school more or less than undergrad or than you thought you would?

      •  Well, it did work out for me (1+ / 0-)
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        because by the time I finished my MS I found a good job and wouldn't have got it without the MS. It didn't hurt that my field is engineering. I hated grad school though. I felt it was a lot of hoop-jumping and added nothing to my ability to do the job. A PhD would not have made me more employable except in academia which I was not at all interested in. What you say about loving your field and really wanting to know something is so true. I went into engineering because I didn't like math and thought that if I had to suffer through school, I shouldn't turn into a chore that which I really enjoyed ... archeology. It made sense to me at the time. Perhaps a mistake but my goal was employment. Btw, in those days, a woman needed an MS in engineering to have the same chances as a man with a BS. It's not true today, I think, though we are still outnumbered.

        I enjoyed your diary very much, annetteboardman.

        The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right. Mark Twain

        by BlueMississippi on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 09:38:24 PM PDT

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