Is grad school worth it? The debate rages, and the economic rewards or ramifications are compared ad nauseam. While I have weighed in on the debate already, I am yet to expand upon the non-financial reasons why graduate school is worth the money.
Six years ago, I earned my master's in journalism from the University of Maryland-College Park. From then on, I have been pursuing my lifelong master's degree. This time around, there is no graduation, commencement speech, mortarboard or tassels.
The idea consistently presented to me is that really smart people go to graduate school; that's just what they do. So I should be going. This line of thinking is beginning to frustrate me. Who ever said that the top of the class has to go on and earn another degree?
Recent college graduates also get the message that a BA is not enough -- from employers, peers, and graduate schools themselves. They must continue on to graduate school. But is more education always better?