If I had to give you my most used hashtag, #gradstudentprobs would rank #1. I know, I know, you are probably thinking I knew what I was signing up for when I took that horrid test better known as the GRE and submitted my application to the University of Tennessee for grad school… wrong. If I realized how difficult and stressful this level of education would be I cannot honestly say without a doubt that I would’ve pursued it. If you are not going to be 110% committed, I strongly encourage completing your Bachelor’s and calling it a day (because hey that is still an awesome achievement in and of itself).

See here’s the thing…yeah undergrad was definitely not easy, but here is what makes the major difference…

Undergrad Students:

  1. You still get to have a social life.
  2. You can actually take a week off from school for Spring Break.
  3. You get this magical thing known as extra credit in every other class or your lowest grade dropped (well unless you are in a major with cut-throat professors).

Grad Students:

  1. You have no social life and it feels like you’ve won the lottery when you go out with friends (little do they realize you are constantly checking the time because let’s face it as soon as you get home you have to read article #78 for your Lit Review).
  2. Spring Break is spent studying in Hodges.
  3. Extra credit? You seriously better reconsider having the flu and show up at your 9AM discussion class in the conference room.
  4. (Because an additional fact is needed) You miss this crazy thing called sleep and your pillow.. waking up from your face smashed on a table is not the best.
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Researching in Hodges Library

In case you’re thinking by now.. but you’re the ONLY one who is stressed. Check out the Twitter feed from others who feel my pain.

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Hopefully for those of you unsure on grad school, I didn’t scare you. I just honestly wish someone would’ve given me this same warning up front, so it didn’t hit me like a ton of bricks.

Until next time,

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