Considering graduate school? Some preliminary things to think about

Perhaps graduate school has been something you have always wanted to do, or you need a graduate degree for your chosen field (dentistry, counseling, etc.), or maybe you have recently been thinking about it for the first time. Graduate school is a big decision and a significant investment of time, energy, and financial resources. It can be helpful to do some preliminary reflecting, researching, and thinking before you decide to apply.

Things to consider:

  • Purpose(s) for going
  • Values and goals
  • Program specifics (opportunities, costs, connections, etc.)
  • Application timelines and requirements

Additional questions to think about:

  • What do you want to know about yourself, a program, or a career path, etc. before you start graduate school?
  • What would you want to learn while in graduate school?
  • What do you want to accomplish with a graduate degree? How have others accomplished this?
  • What can you do now to prepare for graduate school later?

By reflecting on your goals and plans you’ll have a solid foundation to begin the graduate school application process, whether this fall or in five years.

Other campus offices can be great resources! Check out EXPD’s information and workshops on personal statement writing, funding, and more. The Graduate School offers a class just for current undergraduate students considering graduate studies and Undergraduate Advising has pre-health and pre-law advising.

By Catherine Basl
Catherine Basl Career Counselor Catherine Basl