People joke about how nowadays a bachelor’s degree is a high school diploma. It started my freshman year. My friends were all complaining about how graduate school was already starting to stress them out. To them, it simply wasn’t an option to not go to graduate school. I always figured I’d go to graduate school too—the job market is so competitive and people who are serious about succeeding in life are doing everything they can to make themselves more valuable to future employers. Fast forward two years and graduate school had fallen off my to-do list. After fifteen years of school, I was ready for something new. I was no longer interested in furthering my education.
I’m feeling pretty over this whole school thing. Granted, I am graduating a year early with two minors and a certificate. There are a few reasons as to why I chose to do this. First, I have a lot of interests. There’s no perfect way to combine all of those, so I had to make some choices. Luckily, I came into college with a lot of credits from dual-enrollment and AP classes (thanks Mom and Dad!), which gave me the opportunity to explore more of my interests. Second, I wanted to prepare myself for the fierce competition of the Publishing job market. It’s no secret that the more impressive features you have on your resume, the better off you are. Employers are all looking for the same thing: experience. But to get that experience, you’ve got to get your foot in the door first. I figured that if my background was diverse, I’d have more success at finding a job after college. Third, I was reevaluating my interest in graduate school and having those extra items on my resume could be a game changer when competing for a job against someone with that precious M.F.A degree.
With graduation approaching, I’m getting more and more concerned about my future. Can I be successful without going to graduate school? Will future employers take me seriously? I like the idea of having an M.F.A., but I’m not sure if I have the motivation to go through the motions. Gradate school seems so intense. Just the thought of having to write a thesis and all the work that goes along with it terrifies me. There’s a divide in the literary community. There are lots of benefits for graduate school, but there are also a lot of cons. The general consensus is that it isn’t completely necessary, but it comes highly recommended by some.
My passion for writing and reading is still there. Will I go to graduate school right after I get my B.A. in English? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen in the future.