Geneseo students are highly motivated and often decide, either upon graduation or after several years, to pursue an advanced degree. Graduate school involves a significant commitment of time, money, and energy; depending on the advanced degree, sometimes even more determination than undergraduate study. Graduate school may prepare you for a profession such as law, medicine, social work, or academia, or it can merely deepen your knowledge of a particular field. However, do not avoid or delay a job search. “ Don’t go until you know” is a sensible mantra for those on the fence about pursuing an advanced degree.
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Many students withdraw from graduate programs because they dislike the concentrated academic work and realize they had not clearly defined their career goals. Ask yourself the following questions to help assess your needs, interests, values, and goals.
A major concern of many individuals considering graduate education is that they need to attend the best program of study. National rankings are available for review from a number of sources but may be based on different criteria. Is the national recognition that a program or school has received the most important factor to consider when selecting a program? Not necessarily. A program should meet your individual needs, interests, and goals.
There are many ways to go about researching graduate schools.
Adapted from Graduate Admissions Essays by Donald Asher (Ten Speed Press, 2000)