October 21, 2012
I have been confused for a while about the next step after college. All I know is that I want to be in finance and I love statistics. It is either I go to grad school or work. The career fair on the 11th of October 2012 answered most of the questions I had about finding a job after college. However, I had tones of questions needed to be answered about grad school. To the rescue, came the diversity center with solutions free of charge. The diversity center took a group of about 17 multicultural and international students to Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames. My job was to go to the statistics department and get answers to all my questions. It was like bringing an empty stomach to a buffet to be filled by all the good food.
The statistic professor that I talked with in ISU was amazing. He simple told me everything that he looks for and what other schools look for from a PhD applicant. PhD????? Why????? Guys to be honest with you, it is much easier to get financial assistant if you apply for a PhD program than master’s program. So I will take the easy high way, 4 to 5 years. The professor was very nice; we talked about other universities that have great programs for Statistics in America.
Even though I did not fall in love with the town, I did fall in love with the university and their statistics program. I liked their statistic program because it fits my favorite field, finance. However, at this point in time I am not sure if I really really want to go to graduate school immediately after graduating from college or work for a couple of years then go to graduate school. Going to ISU gave me enough knowledge to consider graduate school. Currently I am at cross roads making my decision and 60% of me is leaning towards graduate school; the other 40% of me wants to work and make money.
Attending the career fair and visiting ISU has given me tools that I can use to make a good decision between work and grad school. I am only left with the hardest part of the process, that is, to make a decision between grad school, at least 4 more years or work and “make” money. It will take me a while before I make a decision. It is a tough one.