Are you thinking of grad school? Asking yourself if it is for you?
Last May, I graduated with my master’s in strategic communications for social change and advocacy.
The biggest thing I feel now is gratitude. I’m grateful for the privilege of a higher education. I acknowledge that’s what this is: a huge privilege.
Now that I’m sitting in the sweet stillness of a completed degree: one gratitude, in particular, is washing over me.
In hindsight, more than anything, I’m grateful I got my master’s degree even though it wasn’t required for my career.
I have seen a lot of people say things along the lines of, “I get going to college if you’re going to be a doctor or a scientist, but I don’t believe in college if it’s not required for your career.” While they are totally entitled to that opinion, it kind of breaks my heart. Why? Because they aren’t considering some of the most unique benefits of going to college. These benefits have very little to do with tests or books or papers.
Of course, tons of people want to know if it’s worth the investment. YES. Absolutely, yes. Because one gets so much more than book-smart through college.
The following are all of the reasons I’m glad I got my master’s even though it wasn’t required for my career.
Because I was a student:
I got to work in the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in London — this opportunity is extremely difficult to get when you aren’t a student. They want the short-term opportunity to shape careers and education. If I wasn’t a student, I probably wouldn’t have had such an opportunity.
Oh right, I LIVED IN LONDON FOR THREE MONTHS. Again, I wouldn’t have been brought to London for work if I wasn’t a master’s student. What to live and work in another country? A student visa is your golden ticket.