Ever since my second year of college, I dreamed of going to grad school. Granted that I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life, I dreamed of going to grad school for ten thousand different things. However, now that I’m – almost 25, I know what I want to do in life (sort of) and I know what I want to get out of grad school.
I avoided majoring in art or design for undergrad for a few reasons, namely because I didn’t appreciate that “business” must play into my life in order to make a living if I was to be so adamant about avoiding a career in academia. Once upon a time the term “business” seemed practically synonymous with “evil.” Graphic Design was not art, it was business, therefore I wanted nothing to do with it.
Boy, times have changed. Now I want everything to do with design. Product design, user interface design, all of it. I love it. It fascinates me. I want to learn more about it. Even research methods are fascinating as long as they apply to design.
I’m getting a little taste in design methods at my current job, where I’m officially a writer. Every so often I suggest design features and listen to design sessions. I see how people work together in a company and how designers and marketers and everyone comes up with something. I love it.
So… grad school. Well, at the very least going to grad school for a masters in design or an MBA (or both, ideally) will possibly pay back for itself at some point (whereas an MFA in theater directing – what I once wanted to get) will not.
The huge questions are – when do I go and where do I go?
I don’t need to rush into grad school – I can get a master’s degree at 30 and that would be fine. However, I’m concerned that if I put it off too long I’ll never do it.
I’m glad I didn’t jump straight into grad school after undergrad. I definitely needed time to explore what it was I actually needed out of more education to further my career. But now I’m at a place where I feel like that extra education would help. A lot.
Meanwhile, my boyfriend is likely going to be entering an MA program in fall of 2009. We currently reside in the Bay Area but he’s thinking of going to a program in New York. So I have to figure out what will come of that… I mean, do I move to New York with him? Do I stay in San Francisco? Do I apply to grad programs myself and move wherever I get in? Do we break up because our relationship couldn’t survive long distance?
It’s a lot to chew on and I don’t really feel like chewing. But I’m scared of what it all means. I do know that I want to open up doors for my future and I don’t want to be held back. Will an MBA or Design degree open up those doors? I’m not sure. I wish I knew how much that $100k+ degree would be worth.