Grad School Waffles
I am going to apply to grad school. I think – and I need some advice, feedback and war stories. I am almost 100% applying to school for my MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology for the Fall 2009 semester.
And in random order, some bullet points why:
- My pretty decent GRE scores are about to “expire.” I either apply now, or re-take them later. This seems unlikely and painful.
- It actually really upsets me that I don’t have my Masters in something. I never thought I would stop at my BA, and it’s a personal goal.
- I really, really like the study of Industrial/Organizational Psych. I read about it anyway, and it fascinates me. I kind of think of it as anthropology applied to the corporate world
- I am not 100% sure what direction my career is headed, but I think this degree would be a nice blanket cover no matter what I decide.
- The economy stinks, but I still have a great job – this is a great time to build my skills and make contacts
- Is there really a better time to go, personally? I don’t have kids, my job is great and currently requires no travel and would most likely be flexible and Frank is in grad school, so he totally understands the “leave me alone, I have 10 papers to do” mentality.
Some reasons that are giving me pause:
- School. Again. Really? Papers, tests, anxiety, classes I don’t want to take, rushing to class from work – ugh
- I am pretty sure I know what I want to do with my career – but not entirely. What if this is a waste of time? What if I would have been better re-taking the GMATs and getting an MBA? Or, I decide to leave the corporate world forever and go be a teacher or a librarian or forest ranger? (all unlikely scenarios)
- Money. If I go to CUNY, I should be able to swing it financially (even if I take out loans) but – it’s still money that isn’t really pouring in at the moment.
- It’s a Psychology degree. I got a D in my only undergrad Psych class. Not because I didn’t like it, but because I didn’t go (a bout of awful depression). But, I got a D with never going to class! Go me! But, they may not be as impressed.
Stuff I still have to do (by April 1):
- Figure out who to get recommendations from. I am pretty sure I can secure at least one at my current company, but who should the second one be from? I don’t really want to ask my undergrad professor for another one, but will if its the best hope.
- Figure out if I should write a supplemental essay explaining my awful Psych grade, or just hope that my first essay is that awesome.
- Write an essay that explains why I want to go to grad school (presumably not in bulleted form). This means I have to figure out exactly why I want to go and how its going to help.
- Gather my transcripts, and all that other fun bureaucratic stuff.
So, that’s it. Doesn’t seem that bad. And really, I think I will feel so much better if I just go for it – even if they reject me.