So, Grad School, Anyone?

By Ashley, age 24, Massachusetts
Sweet Designs Staff Intern

As someone who is known for pursuing life decisions on the basis of impulse and instinct, I would advise against this spontaneity when choosing a graduate program. When I began my Master's degree in Labor Studies a year ago, it was due to a perceived disenchantment with my Political Science degree and an acquired interest in the organization of social movements.

What I failed to realize at the time (and what I now realize a year into a two-year graduate program) was that the burnout I experienced occurred because of the nature of political organizing, not because of the political system that I was adamantly set on changing. I have discovered (even though I have perhaps always known) that my personality and my strengths are not suited to political work and the lifestyle of an activist, but I ignored my passion for writing and literature in order to sacrifice myself for "the cause," in true utilitarian fashion. As such, I surrendered my individuality.

My advice to you is to research your options before committing to graduate school. Though you may feel tempted to "ride out the recession" by staying in school or by the allure of a fully funded education, attaining a Master's degree involves a large amount of work that will be torturous and isolating if you are not 100% passionate about it.

If you are hesitant about pursuing graduate school, there are options you can choose that will allow you to defer your admission. You can embark on a year of service through the AmeriCorps program, the Peace Corps, or similar private charitable organizations. You can volunteer, teach, or work abroad for a year. If you can afford it, you can simply take a semester off after four years of hard work and contemplate your next course of action.

Staying in school might seem like the responsible, adult thing to do. However, in the adult world that you are now a part of, decisions are made not on the foundation of what one "should" do, but what one personally feels is right. Set your own path and be your own role model, living according to the values you have developed through your own independent experience.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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