As more women undertake graduate school, their need for guidance increases. The good news is, as the number of women who finish graduate school increases, so do the available resources. The Women's Guide to Surviving Graduate School is an excellent resource for women embarking on this educational journey. It is written by women, specifically for women. It provides information and advice relevant to both American and Canadian women, and focuses on elements related to graduate schools in both countries. The book begins with basic information about selection, applications, and acceptance processes, and goes on to guide women through such issues as determining how much their degree program is likely to cost and how to find funding. The authors also provide valuable advice on determining the best methods for planning a course of study and selecting programs. Finally, this book provides women with practical suggestions for becoming successful students and finding employment after graduation. The Women's Guide to Surviving Graduate School is the ideal, practical, and handy guide for professionals, students, and faculty in all areas.
Chapter 1: In the Beginning: Should You Go to Graduate School?
In the Beginning: Should You Go to Graduate School?
This chapter presents guidance for women on how to decide whether to go back to school and how to choose among graduate program options. We address common concerns women have about whether to go, where to go, and when to go. We suggest ways to decide what degree or degrees best meet your dreams.
We approach these concerns from the perspectives of four women who started thinking about going to graduate school. These women are composites of many women we know, some of whom successfully survived graduate school even if the process was a little less direct than they had initially imagined.
The Educational Continuum
Many women who enter graduate ...