My friend, the one I introduced last week, is thinking about grad school. Not MLIS so I still have yet to find a convert, but still grad school. We talked this weekend about the pros, the cons and all the in betweens. Her bottom line quickly became, why wouldn’t I go back to school? I’m blessed to have wonderful people as friends who value education as much as I do and celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day with me.
The whole conversation made me think back to the few days I took to consider going back to school. For me too, it was a no-brainer. I didn’t discuss my decision with anyone until I actually applied because it felt right. Few things in life have felt that good. I’m still surprised at how quickly I moved forward because usually I sit back and debate with myself for spell. I like certainty and grad school was always that, certain.
I also spent time telling my friend how different grad school is from undergrad. Maybe it was my program specifically (which is all-round fabulous) but there was a real sense of community I didn’t feel in undergrad. Even though everyone’s backgrounds were diverse, our connection through our commitment to the course and the program was evident. Sure, things weren’t always kittens and roses but for the most part the hard work was always balanced by great discussions and experiences.
People ask me if I’m going to pursue my PhD now. I chuckle and say absolutely not but I’m starting to wonder. Certainly not right away. I want and need to get more experience but one day I think I would like to take that challenge on. I think I miss school.
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