To succeed in any meaningful venture, you need to have a good plan of how you want to achieve that goal. In my opinion, a more important component of your success is your rationale, or why you want that goal. With a strong rationale, any individual can figure out a way to achieve their goals. Deciding to go to grad school, especially in a different country, is not that different. Even if you get a full scholarship, it is still going to be a challenging adventure. There’ll be ‘crunch time’ on projects, you will probably have some bad project team members, and you most likely will sometimes miss home. In all this not-so-desirable situations, the only thing that’ll keep you going is the reason why you even decided to get a graduate degree in the first place.
I was recently reflecting on my own reasons for deciding to take the leap, and come to the US for a graduate degree. I decided to use it as an opportunity to try video blogging. If only I realized that I needed to look at the camera and not at my computer screen…
These are some of the popular reasons I have come across from interactions with friends and classmates:
1. “Once i have my degree, i can come back home and become highly sought by top employers.”
2. “I just need to get out of my home country!”
3. “I need a break from work.”
To make this post a richer resource, I hope some aspiring, current and former graduate students are gracious enough to share their reasons for wanting a graduate degree here as well. Thanks in advance.