Why Grad School – A Personal Stance

Hello all! Savannah here!

I kind of went into this a little in my first post Why Gerontology – A Personal Stance but, I want to kind of explain why I made the decision to go to grad school. This explanation comes from a lot of points and reasoning, but the major reason for this post is that you don’t need a degree to work with the elderly (you probably knew that but ya know, gotta put info in for ~quality~).

A common response that I’m told when I tell people I am enrolled in grad school (and by common, I mean CONSTANT) is “why would you waste your money and time on grad school.” This response is interesting in that its true. It can sometimes be an ignorant question, but it is an important one. At times, I still ask myself this very same question. To be fair, I am going to a smaller and thus cheaper grad school.

But that doesn’t change the fact that I am spending more on an added degree. But the major reason I chose grad school over per say, going straight to a job after my bachelors would be that I want to work in a hospital setting. More specifically, I want to obtain my clinical license and work in a hospital with the elderly directly. This is my goal for getting this degree.

That’s my answer, short and sweet. But let’s extend this idea further for fun! (I know, I know, may not be fun but we can ~think~) SO, past my own ambitions, why would anyone go to grad school? The answer is nearly the same for all of us who go but our ambitions and reasoning for it changes. You see, I found my passion working with the elderly and do not necessarily HAVE TO HAVE a graduate degree. But the extent to which I want to work with the elderly does determine my reasoning to work with the elderly.

The reasons I want to continue my work with the elderly into grad school are:

  1. I love to see the happiness the residents have when they have someone to talk to.
  2. Often times the elderly are ignored and do not receive the attention and care they need.
  3. Depression is common in the elderly, especially those who live in retirement homes.

I could go on and on about why I’m doing grad school but those are just three reasons. I imagine many others who decide grad school is for them have to weigh their options like I did. I had to choose between my passion and something that I cared less about. I care more about the health, mental and physical, of the elderly than anything else. And before you say it, because you might, no. No. And no. I did not want to be a nurse. I don’t know why but this is a common response that I get whenever I talk about why I went to grad school for Gerontology. No offense to nurses, y’all are great, but nursing is not for me as a person (also I’m just terrible at math and science, whoops).

Now that I’m off my nursing rant, I guess the point I’m making is, just because grad school is worth it for me does not mean it will be worth it for you. Just because grad school costs a lot of money does not mean that it is not worth it. It is one step in your journey. Not everyone has grad school as a step in their journey and that is okay.

This is your journey not anyone else’s.

This is your journey.

Thank you for reading! Comment down below if you think I should make this “A Personal Stance” a series! Would you go to grad school, why or why not?

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