Lookin’ Ahead to Grad School

Road-to-2015Hi Guys! So today I want to talk to you all about the scary but necessary thought of looking ahead. I have a lot of friends who are graduating this upcoming May, so, I keep hearing a lot about Grad School. It intrigued me to do some research myself and I’m really glad I did.

Without some research, I would not have realized how many classes I had to take. Unfortunately, most of the McGill program pages have a lot of information on how to complete your current program but not enough on how to apply and get ready for the next degree. *For you PSYC majors out there: did you know that for most masters programs they will be looking that you took one class in Abnormal, one in Developmental, one in Personality, and one in History of Sciences?* I didn’t know about that before this year. It’s what I figured out by going to the “Application Requirements” sections on Grad Program pages. I highly recommend that you check out these types of pages before time runs out.

I can’t stress how important it is to at least have some kind of dream grad program. Firstly, because it gives you a little bit structure. And secondly, because it prevents you from going a little crazy. It’s certainly difficult sometimes to find the motivation to get to class or complete a course. But with a goal in mind, you’ll be able to breathe a little better.

If Grad school isn’t for you or if your field really does’t require it, great! This is the prime time for you to start looking up ways on how to stand out, how to ace an interview, etc. The same idea applies here: keep looking ahead.

The reason why I’m stressing looking ahead so much is for the simple reason that our generation will enter a competitive and job-scarce work force. This means that if there’s something that you can do now to stand out and get ahead, I would recommend doing it. I’m in my third year but I find that doing grad research now is really putting my mind at ease about the whole process for next year.

Little doses! That’s the key! Do everything step by step and the stress won’t accumulate as much.

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