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Mastered It, or Nah?

A month ago, yesterday, I walked across the stage and received my M.S. degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University. It was only a 2-year program, and it wasn’t as strenuous as I thought it’d be. But, I also had a great support system, plus homies in the program (s/o to DJ & Alexis). More than anything though, I think that it was annoying to have to go to work 9-5 and then to class from 6-8:30, and then still find time to do homework, study, eat, write, have a life, etc.

So, was it all worth it?

To me, yes. Education has always been pushed at me since I can remember. The goal was always college, and not just any college. It needed to be one of the good ones, “top tier” or ivy league, or what the hell ever. But I ended up Bradley University, which was cool. I got a really great financial aid package, so that persuaded me to go there.

Back in the day at BU, I never had the desire to go to grad school. Child, when I graduated you couldn’t pay me to even think about another classroom. Undergrad was thee longest! However, when I started looking for jobs in my chosen career field, the companies either wanted years of experience, or a master’s degree. Talk about I R R I T A T I N G!!! So, I had to make a decision on what’d be best for me. At this point I was like 25, a bit too old to be interning, “getting experience”. So, I decided to go back to school. Maybe not the best thought process, but whatever it is what it is.

There’s been a lot of discussion surrounding the importance of post-secondary education. Some are saying it’s not necessary for success, while others are saying the opposite. Well, I say that post-secondary education is important, but it should be carefully considered by those entering into it, just like any other major life decision. College isn’t for everybody. True. But there are trade/vocational schools, where one could go to learn a specific trade, master it, and have a fulfilling career in that field. You just have to know what it is that you truly desire to do.

Tips for Mastering It:

1. Research (Do you need to take the GRE? Program requirements? Job placement? Etc.?)

2. Pay the least amount you possibly can (Tuition reimbursement through work? Financial aid? Grants? Scholarships? Etc.?)

3. Time management (Work FT/PT? Homework? Life?)

4. Organization (How many classes are you taking?)

5. Use your resources (Ask questions! Network! Bug your professors.)

6. Be part of the process- It will be your degree, no one is responsible for it but you

7. Own your failures and mistakes - We all make them, and that is okay. The important part of making a mistake is learning from it so much, that you don’t make the same one twice

8. Be passionate-This may be the most important tip of all, if you are not passionate about what you’re going to school for, you will be wasting your time, energy, and money

In a related side note: I’ve had several people ask me if I’m going back to get a doctoral degree. Let me just say that my time in the classroom is OVER, unless someone else is paying for it. (This mess costs too much lol)

Hopefully, this has helped you on your road to figuring out if grad school is for you, or not. If you have questions about my process, or my program, feel free to ask!

Love and light,

-Your Urban Black Girl

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