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The Five Worst Reasons to Go to Grad School

Liz Ryan | Posted 09.10.2012 | College
Liz Ryan

The person who gets an advanced degree to impress other people is always the least impressive person at any gathering -- and why would that surprise us?

Learning to Love Being Soft

Kate Fridkis | Posted 08.07.2012 | Women
Kate Fridkis

It felt like the world was celebrating me for being hard, lean, and accidentally fit-looking. My body felt cutting edge. And then I started to get soft.

The Real Debt of College Education

Yvette Kantrow | Posted 07.25.2012 | College
Yvette Kantrow

It's hard to turn around these days without bumping into a story bemoaning, debating, defending or decrying the skyrocketing costs of higher education.

Grad School: Worth the Price Tag?

Katie Hawkes | Posted 07.22.2012 | Money
Katie Hawkes

Maybe if we stopped viewing the value of education for the value of its price tag, we'd get a clearer picture of the pros and cons of grad school. Not everything can be properly evaluated with a financial measuring stick.

Should I Go Back to Grad School?

Women & Co | Posted 06.19.2012 | Money
Women & Co

When it comes down to it, the decision to pursue further education lends itself quite nicely to the same thing we rely on to help us make other expensive decisions: simple math.

In Academia, the Conference Calls You

Laura March | Posted 06.02.2012 | College
Laura March

Spoiler alert: I survived the conference. Nevertheless, I wish I had been better prepared. For those of you attending conferences in the near future, here is some of my advice.

Guide for Graduating Seniors

Catherine Seraphin | Posted 05.22.2012 | College
Catherine Seraphin

Hey, seniors. How was spring break? Did you go totally crazy? Steal a street sign for your dorm room? I hope it was fun, because the real world is going to hit you like a bag full of bricks. And stones. And cement.

Paying to Play: The Problem With For-Credit Internships

Meredith A. Bennett-Smith | Posted 12.12.2011 | College
Meredith A. Bennett-Smith

My generation has already made sacrifices, and we are sure to make many more. I work hard, pay my dues and don't often complain. But I am no longer willing to pretend this exploitative practice that is unpaid, for-credit internships is acceptable.

Should Your Kid Apply To Grad School Now?

Jacoba Urist | Posted 11.26.2011 | Parents
Jacoba Urist

Why not encourage them to ride out the recession in the hallowed halls of higher education, and emerge in a few years with some bankable skills and an impressive degree? Well, here's my advice.

Financial Competence for College Students

Attiyya Anthony | Posted 12.05.2011 | College
Attiyya Anthony

For the first time, the student debt level has exceeded the overall American credit card debt level.

Why MFA Programs Matter

Brian Joseph Davis | Posted 10.17.2011 | Books
Brian Joseph Davis

The love-hate relationship between creative writing MFA programs and writers has not changed much since Kurt Vonnegut was playfully piqued by the emerging phenomenon of writing programs in the 1960s.

Budget Cuts Mean Job Cuts

Beth Kobliner | Posted 10.04.2011 | Business
Beth Kobliner

Finally! The debt ceiling drama is over and we can all breathe a big sigh of... Wait a second. It's certainly not a sigh of relief that you're hearing...

Lucia Graves

Reformers Sweep UC Union Election | Lucia Graves | Posted 07.09.2011 | College

Graduate students at the University of California voted resoundingly to elect a slate of reformers to lead their union, United Auto Workers Local 2865...

Lucia Graves

Vote Counting To Resume After UC Grad Students Occupy Union Offices | Lucia Graves | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics

The elections committee for a union representing academic student employees in the University of California system voted unanimously on Tuesday to res...

Paul Kedrosky: Why Entrepreneurs Are Actually Risk-Averse

Paul Kedrosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul Kedrosky

Rather than wandering the world, or getting sucked into the grad school vortex, I hope an unpredicted number of 2011 graduates take up the entrepreneurial challenge.

How To Survive Graduate School: Read These Three Books

NPR | Lynne Truss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

You might think the last things grad students need are more books. After all, if you're in grad school, most of your time is already occupied research...

Rethinking the Future of Graduate Student Education

Bob Samuels | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Bob Samuels

If we want to build America's knowledge economy, it makes no sense to train students from China and India in our federally funded labs. We should do what our competitors do and restrict foreign admissions.

Grad School Necessary To Maintain U.S.'s Global Position, Report Says

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

According to a new report from the Commission on the Future of Graduate Education, graduate students give the U.S. an edge in the global arena. Bu...

Grad Students Struggle To Make Ends Meet

The Chicago Maroon | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

"If I had more money, I could save up and some day start a family. I wouldn't have to feel bad about going to the theater once in a while," seventh-ye...

Searching For Motivation

Christine Hassler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Hassler

Dear Christine, I am struggling with reaching a goal. Since 2004 I have wanted to get my MBA, but there is one thing that keeps me from realizing my d...

Graduation Blues

Christine Hassler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Hassler

Dear Christine, I've just graduated from graduate school, but instead of feeling excited, I'm feeling really sad. I went directly to grad school aft...