By Kelly Bridgewater
All through my high school career, high school
counselors and teachers pushed college.
Must earn a Bachelor’s degree in order to have a
high paying job.
Without this degree, you will not be able to afford
So I went to school and earn my Bachelor’s Degree in
Masters and Ph.D. degrees were for the honor
students who succeed and graduated with honors while working on the
I graduated with a 3.83 for my Bachelor’s Degree, so
I thought I would work toward my Master’s in Writing.
Now I should be even more desirable for hiring and
make even more money than the students who just have earned a Bachelor’s
Graduate school was for the “smart” kids.
BUT . . .
Working in the University (my current position only
needed a high school diploma), I don’t believe that anymore.
Graduate schools allow anyone into their program.
Even though it is listed on their website that the
student has to have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher to enter the Master’s
Degree program, that is not the case anymore.
I have seen students enter the Master’s Degree
program with a 2.10 GPA.
That does not make sense.
They have a D average, and the schools are accepting
the students into their Master’s program. Ph.D.’ are accepting students who
have earned a 2.85 GPA.
These classes are a lot more work and a lot tougher
than undergraduate classes, which they should be.
It was nothing to compose three to four 25 page
essays in a semester, depending on your course load. Plus, if the students are
like me, I taught Freshman writing at the same time and raised three little
boys at home.
My Master’s Thesis was 132 pages long.
Ph.D. dissertations have to be at least 300, if not
Plus, both degrees have you defending your paper in
front of a committee.
Now, the schools allow students to take on more debt
since you are not eligible for anything but loans, in order to work on these
Many students have to appeal their grades, because
they do not make the grades, but they want those loans.
Even once the degree is awarded, Master’s degree
students, even the smart ones, are working for less than the living wage.
No competitive jobs want them.
I, personally, have heard companies say with my
Master’s Degree, I was too educated, and they would have to pay me more, so
they would not hire me.
When applying for jobs, I removed the degrees I
earned, if they were not required for the job position.
Graduate School is honestly not worth the
What do you think? Is graduate school worth it?