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申請研究所前,先問自己這七個問題!
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March 12, 2013 by Hello US編輯室



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申請研究所前,先問自己幾個問題,確認:申請研究所對你而言是正確的方向嗎?
很多學生為成功申請奮鬥時往往煩心於研究所的選擇,不妨在做下決定前先看一下以下七個問題,放空既有的想法,重新和自己來場對話吧!

為了幫助作出決定,問自己這些問題,並誠實的將你的答案寫下來:

1. 為什麼我想要繼續念研究所?
申請研究所考量的因素有很多,請按照你看重的優先順序排列,幫助自己釐清該如何選擇:

• 想學習更多。
• 在我的簡歷 / 履歷中增加一的好憑證。
• 為了有更好的提拔機會。
• 在我所選擇的領域中有更好的信譽。
• 跨領域 / 轉行。
• 提高我收入的潛力。
• 由於家庭的壓力。
• 因為我需要讓自己感覺更好。
• 因為我不知道我還能做什麼。
• 其他。


2. 為什麼我現在要做這件事呢?
就如同為什麼要念研究所的原因,時間也是非常重要的!在你投資你的時間(及昂貴的申請費)之前,請確保你準備好了!如同上題,請將下列因素照優先順序排列:

• 因為不論在精神上或是情感上,我都準備好要迎接新的挑戰。
• 因為我的雇主鼓勵我這麼做,並給予經濟上的協助。
• 因為我的職業生涯達到了一個高台(上升後而穩定)。
• 因為我已不再年輕。
• 為了提昇我的專業領域,這是合乎邏輯的下一步。
• 因為我已經做好財務準備。
• 因為我現在正巧有時間,而他並不等人。
• 其他


3. 我追求的是什麼類型的學術學位呢?

你需要權衡考慮不同的動機,包括那些純粹基於目前個人和專業的實際情況,以確認什麼樣的課程是你應該追求的。但是,請不要選擇你「認為」你需要的學位路徑。
相反的,開始去釐清你的熱情所在-是什麼讓你每天早上都不會賴床。讓這些動機開啟你的職業生涯道路,而研究所課程將會給你更廣泛、更充實的職業生涯和人生經驗。


4. 我想在什麼樣的地域環境中學習呢?

也許你一直想住在其他城市,或去國外讀研究所。釐清你想生活的地方有助於你的選擇,但要小心:在早期時不要完全排除某些地方。在搜尋過程中你會發現一些值得進一步研究的選項。


5. 我想找尋什麼類型的學習經驗?

你想要的環境是教師和學生互動頻繁的學習方法嗎?還是你對於演講形式更感興趣呢?你想要和同學有很多的課外交流嗎?還是你想要側重於你的課程?你偏好於研究取向的學習方式嗎?你喜歡公立還是私立的大學呢?
記住,你將投下大量的時間在你選擇的學校,所以花點時間去考慮的校園環境和文化氛圍,以確保它是合適你的。


6. 是否會有重要的人(家人、伴侶)影響我的決定?

根據經驗,家人/伴侶/子女對於研究所的決定往往是個重要且複雜的影響因子。這些調整需要好好地討論,避免在這個旅程中留下什麼遺憾。


7. 我應該考慮全職學生還是兼職學生?

兩者都各有優缺點,而你該仔細考慮:根據你的具體狀況和動機。全職學生通常能更快速地完成學業,但也可能意味著就業狀況、收入、和伴侶/家庭間的改變。根據學生的經驗,全職學生通常能發展更強大的社交網絡,畢業後持續的轉化為個人和事業上的關係。


§ Hello US 原創翻譯 § http://www.HelloUS.com


原文:
Ask yourself several questions to decide if graduate school is the right direction for you.
In my three decades as a graduate admissions dean and counselor, I found many students struggling to succeed and often distraught over their graduate school choices. In almost every case, the cause of their dissatisfaction began before they even applied. Based on interactions with those students, I realized that if they had only asked themselves a few simple questions before applying, they would have never lamented their decision.
To help make a decision, ask yourself these questions, write down your answers, and be as honest as possible:
1. Why do I want to go to grad school? The reason you want to earn a graduate or professional degree is as important as the school and program you choose. Consider these factors and put them in order of importance.
• To learn more
• To add a credential to my résumé
• To have a better chance of being promoted
• To have more credibility in my chosen field
• To change careers
• To increase my earning potential
• Because of pressure from my family
• Because I need to feel better about myself
• Because I don't know what else to do
• Something else
2. Why do I want to do this now? Like your reasons to go to grad school, timing is very important. Before you invest in your time—and the application fees—be sure you are ready to go. Consider these statements and, again, put them in order of relevance.
• Because I am mentally and emotionally ready for a new challenge
• Because my employer is encouraging me to do so, and might assist with the cost
• Because I have reached a plateau in my career
• Because I am not getting any younger
• Because it is a logical next step for me professionally
• Because I am ready financially
• Because I have the time now to commit and it may be a limited window
• Something else
3. What type of academic or professional degree am I seeking?You need to weigh and consider a variety of motivations, including those that are based solely on current personal and professional realities, to determine what program you should pursue. But please don't choose your degree path on what you "think" you need.
Instead, start with knowing your passion—what excites you and makes you want to get up every morning. Turning what really motivates and enthralls you into a career path, due in part to your graduate and professional school study and degree, will give you a broader and more fulfilling career and life experience.
4. In what geographic region do I want to study? Perhaps you have always wanted to live in another part of the country or go abroad for graduate study. Knowing where you'd like to be will help guide your search, but be careful not to rule out certain locations completely in the early stages. During the search process, you may find an option emerge that is worth examining further.
And if you are able to move to a distant location from where you currently reside, don't rule out programs outside the United States. Most graduate programs throughout the world instruct in English, so language should not be a barrier in exploring international options.
5. What type of learning and student experience am I seeking?Do you want an environment where faculty and students have an interactive learning approach? Are you more interested in a lecture style? Do you want to have a lot of social interaction with fellow students outside the classroom? Are you going to focus primarily on your coursework?
Do you have a preference of studying at a more research-oriented institution? Do you prefer a public or private university? Remember, you're going to spend a lot of time at the school you choose, so take the time to consider the campus environment and culture to make sure it's the right fit.
6. Will significant others, a spouse, or children impact my plans? Your partner and/or children add a significant, and often complicated, dimension to your graduate study decisions. All are impacted by the experience. Adjustments will need to be discussed, anticipated, and managed. By including those closest to you, you will reap huge dividends when the inevitable rough spots emerge along the journey.
7. Should I consider a full-time or part-time program? There are pros and cons to both, and you need to consider carefully what's best based on your situation and motivations. Going full time usually means finishing more quickly, but also likely means a change in employment status, income, and partner/family dynamics. As for the student experience, full-time students tend to develop stronger social networks, which translate into continued personal and professional relationships after graduation.


http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/articles/2012/04/20/ask-7-questions-before-applying-to-graduate-school

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