It’s official! The flight has been bought. The student loan has been taken out. The dorm has been booked. I’m officially Europe bound on Sunday for my next academic chapter and while I’m a little nervous to return to the classroom for grad school… I’m so excited for new adventures!
The question I’ve been asked most frequently has been GURL, WHY LONDON!?
And here’s why I’ve chosen to go abroad for grad school…
- 1 year programs. Grad school in the States can take two or three years, and that’s if you’re attending full time. My grad school program starts at the end of September, and will wrap up in May. The sooner I can be out of school with my fancy new degree, the sooner I can start working towards my *dreem kahreer*. (I also finished undergrad in three years, so expedited educations = my thing. I like to play smart, not hard.)
- Money talks. On that note, less time in school means more time to make moolah. I’ll already be back on that salary game this time next year. Despite the misconceptions, there are also ways to keep school abroad financially realistic! Financially, it’s about the same (or even a little less!) to go to grad school abroad.
- Out of the fish bowl. It’s one thing to debate Donald Trump with ten Republican Texans sitting around the campfire eating s’mores. It’s another thing to sit in a room with fifty international students and lament how the States’ upcoming election may be doomed. I think it’s healthy to surround yourself with people who have extraordinarily different backgrounds than you, and see how their mindsets vary from yours. No better way to do this than by jumping into the unknown!
- International experience. Studying in London means I get to also take advantage of working in London, something that wouldn’t be realistic at this point of my life otherwise. Recruiters who have seen my resume already comment on my Ireland work experiences (most frequently to ask me what a hostel is LAWL). Since I want to work in tourism and travel, I know this international experience will all come in handy in the near future!
- Kickin’ the bucket list. How could I pass up the opportunity to work, play, and study in my absolute favorite city in the world? I’m so beyond ready to make London my playground for the next year.
For me, it worked out best to venture to London. I want to work in travel, and the international experience gives my resume the lil sparkle it needs. However, there are pros and cons to leaving the country, just like there are pros and cons to staying in the States for grad school. It’s all about finding the best fit for you! I’m not trying to drag the American grad school experience in the slightest. One of my amazing friends chose grad school in Salt Lake City- that’s what suits her best and it’s working great for her. I’ll be writing another post soon about the application process! Until then, I’ll be staying up late running errands, and preparing for the BIG TRIP #YOLO #HASHTAGBLESSED.