By Shane Burrell |Asst. Sports Editor|
For most students, Fall quarter is the quarter that more than just homework is due; grad checks and applying to graduate school looms on the horizon.
Those deciding to take the leap into graduate studies have a lot of work ahead of them, and juggling it all could be incredibly stressful.
Just the prospect of choosing a school can be intimidating. This school will likely identify this person’s career and further endeavors from there on out, affecting their further research or with the people that they work with in the future.
And having to worry about the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), is yet another, major reason why most stress about the whole process.
However, there are ways to lighten your load.
Communications professor Jennifer Fowlie said that when she finished her undergraduate studies she didn’t have to take the GRE for CSUSB’s Communications department, “Because my Bachelors degree was done here at Cal State San Bernardino I decided to do my Masters degree here, and I was happy I didn’t have to take the GRE,” said Fowlie.
Though some, like Fowlie, may luck out into such situations, still others happen into schools where where GRE scores aren’t even necessary — places like overseas.
Students that didn’t have a chance to study aboard during their undergraduate careers have another chance to study in the country of their choice. Grad School gives students an opportunity to travel to another country to complete their Masters.
Some programs abroad will accept students that haven’t taken the GRE into their programs to study and have the experience of traveling abroad and experience what they might have missed out when they were completing their bachelors.
Compared to finishing your Masters in the U.S., finishing your Masters abroad only takes roughly two years on an appropriate schedule.
Although traveling abroad to finish your Masters seems very fun and exciting, finishing your Masters in the U.S. also has its benefits.
“Looking at my own college experience the first time, and I really attribute my success to the people that took an investment in me,” said Fowlie.
Staying close to family and friends, and establishing great relationships with researchers and professors that have great connections to different programs could be beneficial for your future.
“I am happy that I ended up here because I think that the experience that I got here was so challenging that the whole first quarter that I spent in graduate studies was a gut check for me,” said Fowlie.
First-hand experience in the application processes, and being able to provide further guidance makes professors like Fowlie an invaluable resoiurce for students looking to further their education beyond undergraduate studies.
Applying for graduate school may be something that could be very stressful, and although your time spent there will be even more stressful, in the end it’s well worth it.