What did you like about graduate school?
I offered a few ideas off the top and then, started giving her question more serious thought. Going to graduate school was one of the best things I have ever done. It was fun, it was hard, it was exhausting, it was exhilarating, it was everything imaginable! I liked loved the experience. Here are some things I loved about graduate school.
- I loved learning new concepts and ideas.
- I loved my professors. I respected them. I learned from them.
- I loved the research and writing papers.
- I loved the friendships formed in and out of the classroom.
- I loved how different ages and generations gathered together for a common purpose: learning.
- I loved the fact that classmates had opinions like mine – and unlike mine – which helped me grow and expand my view of the world.
- I loved achieving goals.
- I loved the reward (grades) to measure my performance.
- I loved the remarks my professors would jot on my assignments; still have a few of them today.
- I loved the confidence graduate school instilled within me.
- I loved sharpening my pencils (and I still love doing that!)
- I loved the various projects that got me out of my comfort zone.
- I loved taking notes (a trait which helps me daily in my work with clients).
- I loved sharing what I learned with family and friends.
- I loved how it stretched me to feel more comfortable in sharing thoughts, perspectives and experiences.
- I loved the practicum experiences offered through the program.
- I loved the feedback from fellow classmates and professors to help me enhance my counseling abilities.
- I loved the process of discovery in graduate school – I remember the first time I read about “outplacement” in a professional journal and how that article so profoundly shaped my career choice.
In short, what did I like about graduate school? Everything! And I didn’t even mind the monthly student loan payments that went on ad nauseum.