5 Reasons Why It’s Ok To Take Time Off Before Grad School

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Did you know that only about 20% of each graduating class from UVM goes directly into graduate programs post-graduation? An overwhelming majority of your peers will build significant career experience before continuing their education. Here are some of the reasons:

  1. What you want to study and why will be clearer. Many people require time in the workplace in-between undergraduate and graduate programs to gain clarity about what they hope to get out of their studies and the relevancy to future career goals.
  2. Your time in the classroom will be richer because of it. You know all of those times you read about a concept in a textbook or discuss a case study in class? Imagine how much more real they will be when you have experienced them for yourself IRL.
  3. Because adulthood. Taking time off before grad school can support the creation of healthy habits that were easy to stray from in undergrad. When you work full-time, getting 7-9 hours of sleep, having a regular gym routine, and eating healthy can be easier to achieve.
  4. You can earn and save money while you wait. Another perk of working after college? Having a stream of income to help pay down student loans, save toward future financial goals, and maybe enjoying the occasional meal out are nice ways to reward yourself for a degree hard-earned while sensibly planning for grad school.
  5. There’s more time to research and prepare for applying. Take time to investigate programs, study for entrance exams, attend the Fall Grad School Fair, work on your personal statement at a relaxed pace, obtain letters of recommendation…there’s so much to do, why rush it?

Going to grad school is a personal decision based on individual circumstances. It’s a large investment financially, emotionally, and mentally and will provide the most benefit when approached thoughtfully and intentionally.

~*Ashley Michelle*

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