Should I Go to School Because My Friend, Family, or Coworker Said I Should?
When making major life decisions, seeking advice from friends, family, and coworkers is common practice. Whether about career choices, relationships, or educational pursuits, we often turn to those we trust for guidance. However, when deciding whether to attend school, the opinions of others should be considered very minimally. This blog post will explore the importance of choosing more schools based on your goals, interests, and needs.
Before you go back to school and strongly consider someone else’s opinions on that decision, remember that their experiences are not yours. You are the captain of your boat.
Below are five factors to consider in your evaluation and decision-making process of returning to school.
Know Your Individual Goals and Aspirations
One of the fundamental reasons you should not solely rely on the advice of others when deciding whether to attend school is that your goals and aspirations are unique to you. What might be the right path for someone else may not align with your dreams and ambitions. I have a quote I use often, “What’s for you is for you.” Before making this critical decision about going back to school, take some time to reflect on what you want to achieve in life. Activity 4 in our book asks you to answer the question, “The reason I want to pursue a graduate degree is ______________? Your reason for returning should be attached to your long-term career goals, personal interests, and the skills you want to develop.
Assess Your Readiness
Consider your readiness for school. Are you mentally, emotionally, and financially prepared for the commitment that education demands? Going to school is a significant investment in time and money, and you must be sure you are ready for the challenges it presents. While your family, friends, and co-workers express their interests and support you going back to school, decisions have to be made by you. There is only one ID number attached to one student at a time.
Research Before Making a Move
Rather than blindly following the advice of others, take the time to research your options and gather information. Research different schools, programs, and career opportunities. This will help you make an informed decision based on facts and your interests.
Balance Outside Influence
It's not to say that the opinions of your friends, family, or coworkers should be disregarded completely. Their advice can provide valuable perspectives and insights you might have yet to consider. However, it should be just one part of the decision-making process rather than the sole determinant.
Seek Professional Guidance
Deciding whether to attend school is a significant life choice that should be carefully considered. While the advice of friends, family, and coworkers can be influential, it's a good idea to seek the guidance of career counselors, academic advisors, or professionals in your field of interest. They can provide expert insights and help you make an informed decision that aligns with your goals. More importantly, get someone who's an expert on applying to graduate school to coach you through the entire process.
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