It’s been almost a year since I begun grad school, and I think I’ve had enough time to learn whatever lesson were there to be learnt.
Do not be deceived by the popping IG pics. We post grad students do not have it easy.
I admit that I thought grad school would be a breeze, but mehn, I wish someone told me. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t go into grad school with the mindset to be lazy, I just wasn’t used to the level of work I was bombarded with.
Thankfully, after countless class presentations and assignments, I have been able to adjust, and school doesn’t leave me as drained as it did earlier.
Now, as a big aunty to those of you who are about to go into grad school, I want to tell you the one thing no one ever really tells you about grad school.
- WORK WILL LITERALLY TRY TO KILL YOU
I AM NOT JOKING ABOUT THIS SENTENCE. SOMETIMES, YOU WILL BE SWAMPED WITH SO MUCH WORK THAT YOU WILL ASK YOURSELF IF GRAD SCHOOL IS REALLY FOR YOU.
I deeply apologize for the all-caps rant. I just wanted to make sure the message was received clearly.
The most important thing is that you run your program in a course you really, really want to do. Do not do a post grad program because your parents made you. Or because everyone else is doing it. Or because they are no jobs (of which they are).
One thing you must also go into school with, is the willingness to learn, un-learn and re-learn. This is major key in making your M.Sc program fun.
If you can, please apply to schools that offer a serene environment. You know the ones where cultists, or lecturers are not constantly harassing you? I’m talking about those ones.
Peace of mind is important to your sanity while studying.
Thankfully, I got into one of those peaceful schools, and I’m constantly relieved that I do not have to keep looking over my shoulder as I walk back to my hostel by 4:50am.
Also, let me just take out some time to talk about the assignments. My Lord!
We had this one lecturer who would literally turn every question the class couldn’t answer into an assignment. Class presentations were flying up and down, and no one could avoid them. One good thing about this though, was that I was able to perfect my public speaking skills. So, it turned out to be a win-win situation.
Did I also mention that most of the assignments turned out to be examination questions? 😁
I totally downplayed the level of work you’ll face, just so you don’t completely chicken out. But know this, you will have to work, lose a lot of sleep, and maybe even question your decision to go to grad school.
Finally, in the midst of all this stress, please, make out time to have fun. Two of my best friends are in the same Uni as I am, so balling came easy.
I turned to swimming for fun, and I think I perfected most of my strokes (except the backstroke, it completely eludes me and I can’t seem to keep my head out of the water).
Play hard, but work even harder.
I promise you that in the end, you’ll never regret taking out those months to enhance your knowledge base.