Preparing for college was a rigorous process when I was in high school. From the moment I entered the classroom for my junior year my instructors and advisors were talking about college. They stressed how important it was to start looking at colleges and universities well in advance. I remember having to join collegeboard.com where I could take an in-depth look at any university I wanted and fine tune my search to find the school for me. However, now that I’m in college, I’ve been told that soon even a Bachelor’s degree isn’t going to be very much because anyone and everyone can go to college these days. So, graduate school should be considered.
Soon after entering a university, I made the decision that I wanted to continue my education and attend graduate school. I am now at the end of my junior year and I have come to find out that although there is a “college process” in most high schools, there is no “graduate school” process in college. None of my advisors or teachers have spoken to me about graduate school. It wasn’t until midway through my junior year that I realized I had to start looking into schools and the GRE before it was too late. It’s not just my school either. I have friends at schools in other states who have experienced the same issue. In high school we were encouraged to go to college. Now in college, we are not encouraged or influenced to go above and beyond in furthering our education.
I know that college is different from high school. We’re adults now, not teenagers. We don’t need anyone to hold our hands and push us to do something that we should take the initiative to do on our own (especially if it’s something we really want). At the same time, I feel graduate school should still be mentioned and the major steps discussed so that students aren’t left in the dark. Even after looking online I found no website that was the graduate equivalent of collegeboard.com. After extensive research I did find my top two schools as well as a date to take the GRE. However, it still would have been nice to receive some guidance in the process and be pointed in the right direction.