After a lot of thinking, I decided that I wanted to attend to grad school next year.
I know it might seem like a weird decision because I have been trying to get a job since graduating. But getting a masters degree has always been a part of my plan and I believe that it will beneficial to my future career.
Before graduating, I knew that I wanted to take some time off between finishing my bachelors and applying for a masters because I was burnt out and wanted to focus on my mental health. I wanted to use that time to get a job, build a savings account to move somewhere different for that grad school experience (out of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) ) and to get a dog in Canada.
Unfortunately, none of that happened and can happen. I can’t move away because I do not have the savings, my mental health is questionable most times and I have had to put off getting a dog until further notice
Even if my original plan is no longer doable, I can still apply to grad school. I just have limited options now. Instead of moving away, I will still be living with my mom and commuting which is why I am only looking at programs in the GTA. I am also limited to the number of applications I can send out because it can get pricey.
With all of that said, just because I am applying, does not mean I end up attending. If there is a small chance that I land an amazing job between now and fall 2021, like a rotational program or a once in a lifetime opportunity, I would put grad school on hold or even do it part-time.
Being the planner and over thinker that I am, I am worried. What if I do not get accepted? Will I be able to get the letters of recommendation needed? Will be able to afford a masters degree on top of the debt from my understand and how am I going to afford that? Am I being selfish getting another degree? Is that degree going to be useful? Are there going to be job opportunities with it? Is the program going to be diverse or am I going to feel like the odd one out as a woman of colour?
I do not know how the next 6 months are going to go and I am just trying to figure out this journey. I want to trust the process and believe everything will work out and everything will happen for a reason. I am willing to take risks along the way and learn the lessons that life is trying to teach me.
Side note – The reason why I talk about getting a dog so much is because I have always been a dog person and always had one till I moved to Canada. I always said when I graduate I would get a dog that I don’t have to share with the grandparents. So not knowing when I can get one and having to put it on hold is hard. Dogs/pets are really good emotional support and best friends.
This is Chocolate. He is my baby. It is almost 11 months since I have seen, which is the longest time. Don’t worry, he does not forget people, and I am his favourite.
8 thoughts on “Grad school Next Year?”
I really hope getting into grad school works out for you! I’ve been considering grad school too to further my career, but I remember how stressful my undergrad was and I’m not sure I want that conmittment of school again so soon especially while having to work full-time. Residency is a lot of work.
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Thank you! I really hope I get in to. If you think its going to help you further your career, maybe it’s worth that stress. Would it be possible to do it part-time or take some time off from work?
No, so residency requires you to work and study full time. No way around it 😦
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Damn that sucks
I almost ended up going to university in the GTA and if I did, I would have lived with my in-laws for 4 years. Then I ended up getting into school here in Calgary (2 year program vs. 4 year program). It’s taking me longer to complete because my mental health is questionable, but in the end I plan to conquer school 💪 2 degrees is enough for me and I’m really tired of school at this point.
Plans may change but it may end up working out better in the end. I think you’re making a smart choice applying for grad school, especially since there is a demand for jobs in more specialized fields.
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As long as you’re doing what makes you happy, that’s all that matters. As cliché, as it sounds, I believe that everything happens for a reason and it will work in the end. It doesn’t matter how long it takes you to get that degree or where, as long as you get it. And I’m proud of you for doing it while struggling with your mental health.