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Don't bother with graduate school

 
Anonymous Coward
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09/25/2012 08:48 AM
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Don't bother with graduate school
Went in to meet with an adviser about graduate school and was told not to bother unless I was prepared to move out of state after graduation. It was really gloomy encounter my excitement was quickly distinguished. Sign of the times I guess.
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09/25/2012 08:49 AM
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Re: Don't bother with graduate school
What state? What major?
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09/25/2012 08:49 AM
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Re: Don't bother with graduate school
What state do you live in? What kind of degree?
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09/25/2012 08:56 AM
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Re: Don't bother with graduate school
What state do you live in? What kind of degree?
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I live in Michigan, and looking to receive a Masters in Education in Physics.
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09/25/2012 09:02 AM

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Re: Don't bother with graduate school
Physics teachers are hard to come by. I think you got poor advice.

Make calls to schools and ask about employment - speak to the chair/head of the science department. Tell them of your plans.

Are you really turned off about going out of state?
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09/25/2012 09:05 AM
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Re: Don't bother with graduate school
the school may get a kick back for how many people join certain programs ...

remember they are doing it for a profit, not to teach ...
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09/25/2012 09:06 AM
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Re: Don't bother with graduate school
What state do you live in? What kind of degree?
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I live in Michigan, and looking to receive a Masters in Education in Physics.
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I figured it was Michigan or Ohio for some reason, If you really want to get the degree go for it. My graduate degree was cheaper than my bachelors.
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09/25/2012 09:07 AM
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Re: Don't bother with graduate school
Physics teachers are hard to come by. I think you got poor advice.

Make calls to schools and ask about employment - speak to the chair/head of the science department. Tell them of your plans.

Are you really turned off about going out of state?
 Quoting: JanJan


I agree I think the advisor was having a bad day, I find for the most part advisors always give crap information.
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09/25/2012 09:09 AM
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Re: Don't bother with graduate school
What state do you live in? What kind of degree?
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I live in Michigan, and looking to receive a Masters in Education in Physics.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 11549781


That's your problem right there. Education departments want you to shut up and drink the kool aid. Heaven forbid you should become employable in the private sector.
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09/25/2012 09:13 AM
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Re: Don't bother with graduate school
Physics teachers are hard to come by. I think you got poor advice.

Make calls to schools and ask about employment - speak to the chair/head of the science department. Tell them of your plans.

Are you really turned off about going out of state?
 Quoting: JanJan


I have called around and spoken to the head of the department, after all it was him who suggested this educational route for me. I am not turned off by moving but, my husband has a great job here and has been with this company for 18yrs. I think this women just didn't like me much. I came back feeling defeated instead of holding a class schedule in hand. Its been bothering me all night I guess my confidence was shaken a bit. What bothers me is that perhaps this women is just telling me like it is and that I shouldn't waste anymore money on an advanced degree that may not pay off.
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09/25/2012 09:21 AM
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Wow, usually schools advise you to buy the degree no matter what. What's your undergrad?
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09/25/2012 09:23 AM
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Re: Don't bother with graduate school
I thank you all for your responses. I know this is not the usual thread on GLP but, I respect the opinions and knowledge of so many of you on this forum. I need to stick with my gut and pursue this path and disregard that ladies advice.
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09/25/2012 09:24 AM
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Re: Don't bother with graduate school
Physics teachers are hard to come by. I think you got poor advice.

Make calls to schools and ask about employment - speak to the chair/head of the science department. Tell them of your plans.

Are you really turned off about going out of state?
 Quoting: JanJan


I have called around and spoken to the head of the department, after all it was him who suggested this educational route for me. I am not turned off by moving but, my husband has a great job here and has been with this company for 18yrs. I think this women just didn't like me much. I came back feeling defeated instead of holding a class schedule in hand. Its been bothering me all night I guess my confidence was shaken a bit. What bothers me is that perhaps this women is just telling me like it is and that I shouldn't waste anymore money on an advanced degree that may not pay off.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 11549781


You sound stupid. Only an idiot would listen to some "adviser" I don't believe your stupid story, stupid.
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09/25/2012 09:25 AM
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Re: Don't bother with graduate school
Physics teachers are hard to come by. I think you got poor advice.

Make calls to schools and ask about employment - speak to the chair/head of the science department. Tell them of your plans.

Are you really turned off about going out of state?
 Quoting: JanJan


I have called around and spoken to the head of the department, after all it was him who suggested this educational route for me. I am not turned off by moving but, my husband has a great job here and has been with this company for 18yrs. I think this women just didn't like me much. I came back feeling defeated instead of holding a class schedule in hand. Its been bothering me all night I guess my confidence was shaken a bit. What bothers me is that perhaps this women is just telling me like it is and that I shouldn't waste anymore money on an advanced degree that may not pay off.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 11549781


NO dont listen to her!! Go ahead and work on your degree it is something you will have and NOBODY can ever take away! You never know where life will take you and you dont want to look back and kick your self for not taking the initiative.
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09/25/2012 09:27 AM
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Re: Don't bother with graduate school
Wow, usually schools advise you to buy the degree no matter what. What's your undergrad?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 23842309


Undergrad I majored in Physics with a minor in astronomy and graduated with a 3.4 GPA which, is not genius status however, it puts me on track for graduate studies.
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09/25/2012 09:29 AM
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Re: Don't bother with graduate school
follow your heart
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09/25/2012 09:30 AM
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Re: Don't bother with graduate school
Physics teachers are hard to come by. I think you got poor advice.

Make calls to schools and ask about employment - speak to the chair/head of the science department. Tell them of your plans.

Are you really turned off about going out of state?
 Quoting: JanJan


I have called around and spoken to the head of the department, after all it was him who suggested this educational route for me. I am not turned off by moving but, my husband has a great job here and has been with this company for 18yrs. I think this women just didn't like me much. I came back feeling defeated instead of holding a class schedule in hand. Its been bothering me all night I guess my confidence was shaken a bit. What bothers me is that perhaps this women is just telling me like it is and that I shouldn't waste anymore money on an advanced degree that may not pay off.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 11549781


You sound stupid. Only an idiot would listen to some "adviser" I don't believe your stupid story, stupid.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 804656


I appreciate your response as well. Thank you for taking the time to call me stupid. Have a great day!
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09/25/2012 10:16 AM
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Re: Don't bother with graduate school
The real question is, can you afford it? If you can, why not take an online masters if it's available from a more reputable school (if your school isn't that well known). If you're going to blow money you might as well blow it somewhere good.
Vision Thing

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09/25/2012 03:54 PM

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Re: Don't bother with graduate school
Because you are female you will have an advantage in hiring as a teacher in these hard science fields.

I'm surprised another woman in education would try to talk you out of it.

P.S. I'm not saying affirmative action/quotas are right (far from it) just stating my understanding of the facts.

Last Edited by Vision Thing on 09/25/2012 03:54 PM
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09/25/2012 03:56 PM
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Re: Don't bother with graduate school
Because you are female you will have an advantage in hiring as a teacher in these hard science fields.

I'm surprised another woman in education would try to talk you out of it.

P.S. I'm not saying affirmative action/quotas are right (far from it) just stating my understanding of the facts.
 Quoting: Vision Thing


I think you missed the part where the OP stated that the masters would be in education, not physics.

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