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  • Tiffany April

    Loving the thought process and perspective in this. Thanks for sharing!

  • Brandie June

    This is a great article, as are the comments! I got my MBA (albeit while working full time in TV production) a few years after getting a BA in theater. At the time I was getting my undergrad degree, I had no idea I'd go back to school, but it has opened doors and changed the way I think.

    My mom also went back to school to become a masseuse after almost 30 years, and I couldn't be more proud of her.

  • Monica Snellings

    I am one year into a graduate program at Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts after a successful 20+ career in design. I cannot get enough input from the reading, thinking, talking and collaborating. I had no idea how profoundly thirsty I was.

    I second Andrew's thoughts: If you are going to spend the time and the money—be kind to yourself. Give yourself permission to not know the final destination or ultimate purpose. Explore. Enjoy time. Embrace the unfamiliar. Say yes.

  • Ross Meredith

    I'm in the same boat. It's time for me to shake up my life a little bit and finish out my Bachelor's degree. ,-) Thanks for the great article and motivation!

  • Sam Simmons

    This is outstanding. I too read the articles on a hundred reasons on why not to go to grad school, many of those reasons valid. However, I had yet to encounter the reasons one should pursue an advanced degree that made sense to me. I will be going back to school at some point to pursue a Human Factors/Industrial Psychology track (my undergrad was in Radio/Television) and I'm excited to learn more about this amazing field of work. I've gained some exposure and I know this will be the right track for me. Thanks again for sharing your words of wisdom and best of luck to you!

  • gajanaku

    This was extremely helpful , I have read just about enough " DO NOT GO TO GRAD school " posts to scare me off the idea of pursuing higher education, coupled by the fact that I had impulses to go off the beaten path anyway. My multi disciplinary undergraduate education led me astray a bit and I ended up graduating with a firm major in confusion. Utilizing this past year to work for a non profit and other companies on the side has given me a more steady grasp on what really intrigues me. Ultimately , I have embraced my nerdiness and look forward to pummeling back into debt to hopefully resurfaces with a different outlook and firm understanding in the subject that attracts me. Appreciate the ballsy move, have a great time in scotland !

  • Mary McNulty

    Thank each and everyone for your good wishes. I am committed!

  • Mary McNulty

    I have decided to do exactly the same. After I got laid off...again.. I decided that there was no way I would work in the business. So with a $1,620 a month budget and school paid for by CA off I go. It's a program in Internet Marketing offered through UC Irvine. To say I'm excited is an understatement. Wish me luck. Currently planning on internships to gain all that important exposure.
    This is completely different from my past life which was in manufacturing. Hated it now plan to love what I do.

  • kwamboka

    I loved your insight on this. Thank you for sharing. I would love to further explore what I am good at in school and this brings perspective on how to go about it.

  • Tita Ortega

    I also left my wonderful, full-time job of 13 years to go back to grad school overseas ~ at Glasgow University! It wasn't designed as a career changer ~ I'd worked at Warner Bros TV at an admin level and went back for a master's in Media Management to 'further my career' in the media. But have since totally changed my mind about what I want to do and now consider media my 'fall back.' ;-) No regrets whatsoever though, as I'm having the experience of a lifetime! I realize how lucky I am to be able to do this. And yes, the one year master's is a bonus!!

  • Eflina Sinulingga

    thank you for sharing. I am now in a deep thinking with myself w this topic. i hve been accepted in 2 universities in UK and should my scholarship application succeed, i will absolutely go. but what if i didnt get the scholarship? should i spend my own money and be jobless for 1 year? hard one.

  • Todd Kimmelman

    This is something that I've been contemplating. It's really helpful to hear someone else's perspective and just to know that I'm not alone.

  • Vanesa

    Thanks for your advice Andrew, I am wondering the possibility to come back next fall to School and your text remind me old feelings ..... For that time, will be in a different country, different language and far away from my family, but its worth it , because you and only you can make your dreams become true.

  • Stephanie Grubb

    Great topic! I left my corporate job last year (it felt wonderful) and will begin grad school in Arts Administration this Fall. I have spent the time in between volunteering and connecting with folks in the not-for-profit industry. While most of my friends and family think that I am crazy, I could not feel better and am more excited than ever to start a new career.

  • Kathryn Ernst

    I completely connect with this article, Andrew, but you articulated it so much better than I ever could have. Several years ago I left a job I loved to join the Peace Corps, which certainly qualified as a lifestyle change. And what I found in the Peace Corps was a completely new direction and passion for using business to make the world a better place, which led me to the http://www.thegoodmba.com at Colorado State University - somewhere I never would have pictured myself a few short years ago!

  • Sarah Hollis

    Thank you for this! I moved to Germany from Texas and had been working as an English teacher (majored in French first time around) when I decided that I really wanted to do something else - namely biology. So here I am in my second *bachelor* degree (because they wouldn't let me get a masters in bio with my first degree) and it is a HUGE change... None of my friends or family really get what I'm doing, so it's nice to see I'm not alone!

  • Manasa Yeturu

    Great perspective and advice Andrew - not only for grad school but for any directional life changnes. And CS in Scotland sounds magical :)

  • Erik Dreyer

    I think this article hit the nail on the head. Great, sound approach on whether or not to attend graduate school. I had the pleasure of being in the 4th class (Cohort 4) of BDW, a digital technology program in Boulder, CO. Check them out http://bdw.colorado.edu/

    Equipped me to launch my own company: GoodShuffle.com

  • Amanda Allen

    Couldn't agree more. Got a degree in Business Journalism, but dabbled in graphic design and non-profit work for a few years after undergrad. Gave up a full-time job last year to get a MA in Social Design at MICA. I was nervous as hell about the investment / opportunity cost, but it's ended up being the best decision I've ever made. Program content aside, it's extremely fulfilling to be surrounded by people who are as serious and interested in the field you want to enter as you are. Only wish there was a way to transfer that experience to the undergraduate experience.

    • Andrew Price

      Hey, glad your experience turned out so well. And yeah, I sometimes think (as most "adults" probably do) that the undergrad experience is wasted on 19 year-olds. I mean, not really, but I think most people would really benefits from taking a year or two to work between high school and college.

  • bsbonus

    Also, if you're gonna do grad school, don't be a sucker and do lots of research on the ROI of getting one in the first place. Most of them really will only largely get you further into debt.

    • Andrew Price

      Yes, definitely agree. But I'd actually also argue that while evaluating the financial ROI rigorously is essential, it's also important to have some broader ROI in mind. Because I, at least, don't make all (or even most) of my decisions based on strict financial return. If I did, I'd have spent the last seven years in finance—and I thank jah that didn't happen.

  • Elisa Huang

    Great read, Andrew! I especially like the deceptively simple question of asking yourself, Why am I doing this? Seems so obvious right? Yet I know so many people who make a choice because of a vague feeling that it 'seems right in this economy' or it 'makes sense to have a higher degree when i graduate' but no actual answer about why they want to do it. You don't need an answer to defend your choices to everyone, but just one that means something to you. Good points!

  • Mia Pokriefka

    It's really good to hear from someone on the other side. Thanks for sharing!