Thursday, September 6, 2007

Useful Advice For Any Students Contemplating Graduate School

For any students contemplating further studies in graduate school, take a look at this post on the blog Easily Distracted.

Easily Distracted is written by an historian, but the advice is useful for anyone thinking about grad studies in any discipline in the social sciences or humanities.

1 comment:

Joanne Whitlock said...

I really enjoyed this article. I've encountered fellow college students who intend to go to graduate school but have no idea about specific areas they would like to focus on.

I have an acquaintance who is beginning his first year of college. He says he plans to get his degree in Archaeology and continue to grad school. When I asked him what he enjoyed about archaeology, he responded with "I want to look at artifacts and travel like Indiana Jones." No joke. And I feel like many college students have similar mindsets-wanting to go to graduate school but have unclear purposes.

I'm majoring in Biological Anthropology on a Pre-Medical track. I intend to go to medical school and become a surgeon, but my other passion is Anthropology. Therefore, I'd like to get my degree in it to have something to fall back on. Unfortunately, some fields of study require a higher education than an undergraduate degree in order to get a job in that field. So even though it may not be for them personally, graduate school is necessary for some.