A conversation about grad school

This one is probably going to keep being relevant.

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had this conversation. I plan to keep having it, too. But if this example can help answer some questions pre-emptively, I reckon this will have been a good use of my time.

Scene: An undergrad comes to my office to discuss careers . . . My voice is italicized;theirs is bolded:

So you’re interested in a career in wildlife/ecology/conservation/natural resource management, etc? Screen Shot 2018-07-17 at 11.35.00 AM

Yes! I want to pet Bambi too!

Are you considering grad school
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I don’t know. Maybe. I guess I don’t know that much about it.

That’s okay. Graduate school in our field usually means 2–3 years toward a master’s degree and 4–5 toward a PhD.

Years more school?! I’ve got a 10-page paper due at midnight and a CHEM midterm tomorrow. Why on Earth would I want to do moreschool?

Well, a PhD is primarily for people…

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