I'm Kayla. A millennial obsessed with makeup, planner decorating, and board games. Working towards a more organized, simplified life one post at a time. #catlady



Why Graduate School Isn't For Everyone

Growing up I thought for sure I'd go to graduate school. Undergrad was never a question, but I always had my sights set higher anyway. It just seemed like something I was meant to do, but now I'm realizing it was something I was supposed to do. And after a few semesters of classes, I'm taking an indefinite break from graduate school. Graduate school isn't for everyone, and it's not necessarily meant to be.

I think the hardest thing for me to wrap my head around is the idea that I don't really need graduate school for what I want to do with my life. There are plenty of career paths and jobs that a graduate degree makes perfect sense for, but I've learned more in the past ten months on my own than I would ever learn in a classroom. My passion is social media. It's now also my business and online presence. These aren't something that can be taught in a classroom. Sure theories and "best practices" are important, but I much rather blaze my own trail than sit in a classroom reading about other people who have.

And that's a scary thing to admit. I come from a family in strong support of education, yet I feel myself pulling away from education in the traditional sense. It's a terrifying feeling as I know I'm veering off the path of well-intention my family and myself have laid out before me, but it's also liberating to know that I'm taking a different direction for myself. There are moments in your life when you just do something for yourself and I think accepting that graduate school isn't right for me is one of them.

I'm by no means advocating for you to just skip post-graduate education for the hell of it or because I've said it's ok. Honestly I wish I did feel that pull to keep on going and collect degree after degree like I felt growing up. Yet I find that my time and energy could best serve me else where, and that's ok too. The biggest thing I want people to take away from this is that it's ok to do something different from what you originally thought you'd be doing. Sure not everyone will agree with the decision, but here's hoping you'll find support from friends and family to make the process easier.

Ultimately, take the time to figure out what you want to do with your time, money, and energy. It's so easy to get caught up in what everyone else wants or expects from you, but at the end of the day it's your life and your choice. I choose "the real world" over the walls of a classroom. What's your choice?

xoxo Kayla

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