The Last Word: Graduate School

Take a year off and relax before grad school

By Christina Ramey

When I think of going to graduate school, I’m met with a variety of emotions.

I’m excited. I’m worried. I’m scared. 

Don’t get me wrong — I’m sure grad school is a wonderful experience, and I would love to further my education beyond an undergraduate level. However, there are several reasons why taking a break between undergrad and grad school would be beneficial.

I’m simply getting burnt out on school. I love school, and I enjoy learning new things, but I have a limit. It can be an extreme struggle to wake up early every morning, attend hours of classes, and juggle a job and various other commitments. Taking the time to figure out what direction I want my life to go in would be extremely beneficial to me before venturing into grad school.

After spending thousands of dollars on my undergraduate degree, the last thing I want to think about is spending even more money for another degree immediately after college. A majority of the scholarships I currently have only cover four years of education. I need additional time to figure out how to pay for grad school and apply for a multitude of scholarships that don’t leave me with even more debt than I’m already in. 

Finally, do I really want to go to grad school? That’s a question I ask myself a lot. If I’m questioning myself now about whether to pursue a higher degree, should I actually do it? A year off would give me time to explore my options.

I encourage anyone considering grad school to take time after earning their bachelor’s degree. Take time to kick start your career, setting goals for yourself along the way. If graduate school is one of those goals, perfect! If not, there is a plethora of other options for you to ensure you have the best career possible.

Remember, you have your entire life ahead of you. Slow down and enjoy the ride — there’s more to life than a classroom.

Back into the trenches: Straight into grad school

By Brittney Corum 

As I prepare for graduation in one month, I’ve been thinking a lot about the path I’ll travel down. Needless to say, graduate school has been on my radar. 

I know several people who have decided pursue a higher degree through graduate school, while others take some time before attending graduate school, or they may not go at all.

With that being said, I have decided to take a year off after earning my bachelor’s degree, then go to graduate school. But I understand why people would want to keep their education moving at a fast pace with no break in between. 

For many careers, people are required to have a degree higher than an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Therefore, it only makes sense for them to continue pursuing an education.

You must also take into account the fiscal responsibility of student loans that most students need every year to get through school. By going to grad school directly after completing your undergrad degree, you have a better chance at receiving the scholarships and financial awards you need to get through additional years of education. If you wait you might lose out on ways to pay for your schooling.

If you go to grad school immediately after undergrad, you won’t have to adjust to the school routine again. If you take a year off, you’d have to readjust to college life.

Grad school gives students more opportunities to travel and experience internships that may not have been available at a four-year undergrad institution, so dive right in.

Do Christians have an unfair advantage when it comes to holidays?

By Ashley Steeb 

Indiana is one of 12 states in the country to recognize Good Friday, a Christian holiday remembering the day Jesus Christ was crucified. The day, which Christians across the country celebrated just a week ago, is the most recent Christian holiday to be recognized by the state as a holiday.

But some people are questioning whether states like Indiana should also be required to recognize other religious holidays that don’t pertain to Christianity as state holidays.

While I am a Christian, I have never given a second thought as to whether it’s unfair for only Christian holidays to be recognized as school holidays. 

I know I may sound closed-minded. Some may call it ignorance, but I simply did not realize it was an issue.

Recently, New York public schools announced they would officially observe the Hindu holiday Diwali. These school districts were praised by Hindu leaders who said students should not be punished for missing school simply for fulfilling their spiritual needs. 

Students should not be punished for missing school. These absences should be excused. It is not a student’s fault for their parents’ decision to keep them from school for religious reasons.

Should the entire school shut down for the day in observance of the holiday? While it may cause scheduling conflicts, it couldn’t be that big of an issue. At the most, students might only have one less week of summer.

Christian holidays should still be observed. I must admit, I appreciate having these days off. 

As long as the state does not try to remove Christian holidays from being recognized, I don’t think it would promote a political agenda if they added other religious holidays to the calendar. 

Think of these days as a win-win. Students and employees who celebrate these holidays don’t have to miss a day of school or work, and those who don’t celebrate the day will have an extra day of school off. 

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