psychology graduate school
When I first enrolled in psychology
graduate school, I thought I had it made. You see, I had been a
psychology major as an undergrad, so I thought I had the system
pretty well figured out. I was great at psychology. Not only
did I have an almost photographic memory, but I also had a real
ability to understand people and how they worked. That meant
that I did well in my classes, but also knew that I would do
well in my career. I wasn't sure if I wanted to get into
research or clinical psychology, but either way I figured that
I had a bright future ahead of me.
It took me a while to come up with the perfect graduate
school of psychology to attend. I looked at a lot of graduate
school rankings before it decided, and carefully made my
decision. Picking among the best psychology graduate schools
isn't easy. You see, when you are first going to college it is
all a matter of getting a school with the best rankings. With
graduate school, however, things are different. Different
psychology graduate programs focus on different things and, if
you don't know your specialty, it can be difficult to pick out
the perfect program.
After I chose my psychology graduate school, I thought
things would be pretty easy going from there. I didn't really
realize how much work graduate school is. It is nothing like
undergrad. First of all, a graduate degree program has a much
different structure. Basically, it is all geared toward your
thesis. In undergrad, you are there to learn a set curriculum
along with however many other students are in your department.
In psychology graduate school, things are different. You're
there to pursue an individual course of studies. It is sort of
like a preparation for your future as a professional, either in
the business world or the academic one.
Going to psychology graduate school, I had to really change
my approach to classes. I couldn't procrastinate anymore and I
couldn't simply memorize the book and give the teacher back
what he or she wanted. A graduate degree program demands
responsibility and innovation. You have to be studious, but you
also have to be willing to be creative. If you're willing to
take a chance on new ideas, you can go far. If, on the other
hand, you are too cautious and closed-minded, you'll never make
a name for yourself.