6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Going to Grad School

Am I ready for Graduate School?

1. Did you successfully graduate undergrad?
If you’re reading this, most likely you have already graduated undergrad school. But if you have not yet and you’re thinking about graduate school already do you think you’re prepared? Have you gotten everything out of undergrad that you possibly can? That’s the key to being ready if you feel as though you’re not ready to move on and that you maybe haven’t learned as much as you need to learn it might be a good idea to take a few more classes to better prepare yourself for grad school.

2. What do you want to get out of Grad School?
Always make sure you are going to school for the right reasons. If you’re going just to gain a little extra knowledge is it really worth it? Graduate school costs a lot of money and if you don’t plan to use it for more than just to be knowledgeable maybe you should re-think graduate school.

3. Do you have the funds?
Graduate school, like mentioned above, is really expensive, especially if you have just graduated undergrad. This may mean you have debt left over from that schooling, are you ready to add an extra $20,000 minimum to that already hefty debt?

4.Are you doing to have a job that supports you being in school?
Graduate school means you are going the extra mile to add more of what you want to do with your life to your education. But most people do need a job while going to school. Some employers are completely supportive and will even help pay for school while some won’t even work with you on a schedule. So definitely think about where you’re working.

5. Do you have a spouse or a family?
Graduate school is a lot more intensive than regular school so those with a few kids or a husband or even just a house by themselves might be hard to juggle while studying as hard as grad school requires. Does your spouse work a lot too, will they be able to pick up slack where you need help?

6. Are you mentally ready?
There are a lot of people out there who go to school and have to either leave early or drop out altogether because they cannot mentally be away from home or handle the workload it takes to graduate. Be sure to be prepared to work hard.