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2020 DIVERSITYinEd Mag

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DIVERSITYinEd.com — 50 — Spring Issue 2020 by Deborah Vieyra Should You Go to Grad School Right A er Undergrad? I f graduate school is calling you, but you're not sure if the timing is right, know that you're not alone. Decisions like these are the hardest to make because there is no one path to go on, no one example to follow and no way of knowing for sure if one route is better than the other. Ultimately, there are merits in both avenues. Go- ing to graduate school for a Master's or Doctorate straight after your undergrad is beneficial because you can capitalize on the momentum you've gained from the preceding years. Of course, this route also means that you will get to that grad school commencement that much sooner, if that's a factor that's important to you. On the other hand, taking some time between your undergraduate and graduate degrees will provide you with the opportunity to explore the job market, ma- ture as a person and consolidate your research ideas. While we can't tell you categorically that either one of these options is the correct route, we can offer you some food for thought that will help you answer this important question for yourself. Consider your career objectives. Are you looking to become a professional academic, or would you prefer to carve out a career beyond ac- ademia? If you can answer this for yourself, some of the pieces of the question of whether to go to grad school may fall into place immediately. If you're looking to embark on an academic career as a professor or researcher, going straight into grad- uate school may be advantageous. You'll have the opportunity to get teaching and research experience, as well as form connections that will help you down the line. In this instance, it may help to get those letters behind your name sooner rather than later. If, on the other hand, you are looking at another career path or are not certain if academia is right GRADUATE SCHOOL Photo Credit: Vanderbilt University

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