As I am approaching the end of my second year here at Cleveland State I am realizing that next year I will be starting to look at graduate schools. There are so many things to factor in from money to programs and everything in between. What’s the craziest thing for me though is that I am voluntarily looking at programs for another 2-3 years at school. You would think that grades K-12 plus 4 years of post-secondary school would be enough for me. Evidently, I guess not.
My biggest struggle is choosing the best path for me. You see I am already a double major with career paths for either one taking me in the opposite direction of the other. How am I supposed to decide where I am going next. Many of you will find yourself in the same position as me.
While we are still searching for the answer consider all your options, continuing school or taking a gap year to work. Both sound attractive, but remember to do what is best for you. I have started to look at quotes to help be make a decision.
I was searching and searching for an answer until I looked up in my planner. There written in delicate ink, as though just waiting for me to read it was the quote I had needed all along.
“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” — Vincent Van Gogh
I know that I don’t have and certainty for the future, but the prospect of new beginnings and traveling is one that is exciting to me. I want to travel, whether that means with or without school I am not sure. However, I know that I will go far and wide. I may not know how or why but I will.
So yes, applying for graduate school is stressful and is the choice that many people expect me to make. It is probably the same choice that many expect you to make, but in the end it is about what is going to be the most fulfilling for each of us.
Take it one step at a time, cross that bridge to the other side. Just remember to look up at the stars and dream once in a while. It’s good for you to have a dream, not just a goal .