The life of an academic student is full of stress,
pressures and the hassle of time management. Add graduate school to the
equation, and some students become completely overwhelmed. Having only an
undergraduate degree is becoming not enough to land the well-paying jobs of the
“There was always the expectation that I would go to
college because I want to make sure I have a good and stable life. Once I was
here, I started off as a different major, and now where I’m ending up I’m
finding that as I get farther in my career, a master’s is required,” said Emily
Zahasky, a student majoring in communication with an emphasis in interpersonal/
organizational communication and a minor in psychology.
Zahasky has applied at a few places but would like to
get into Northwest Missouri State for grad school.
Nick Boehm, a senior majoring in communication with an
emphasis in public relations, is going to Colorado State for grad school.
“I’m absolutely thrilled and very excited,” Boehm said.
“I think my biggest worry is my assistantship just because I’ve never done
extensive teaching. I’ve done a little bit here and there, but I don’t have a
ton of background in teaching, so that’s a little nerve-wracking, but I’m sure
I’ll get used to it.”
Boehm decided on going to grad school about a year ago
but didn’t get really serious about it until about six months ago.
“I decided to go to grad school because I’m interested
in health communication. For health communication, it’s usually a good idea to
have a graduate degree,” Boehm said. “I’m interested in it primarily because I
feel like it’s a good way to help people and there’s a lot going on in that
industry right now.”
Boehm is almost finished with the whole application
process, which he found to be the most nerve-wracking part.
“I think the most stressful thing is the waiting game
that you have to play. You have to ask teachers for recommendations, you have
to take the GRE and wait for your score, and you have all this stuff you have
to type up and send in, and then you have to wait for the admissions decision,”
The GRE is short for the Graduate Record Examination,
which students have to take in order to get accepted as a graduate student at a
college or university.
Zahasky agrees that the waiting is the most stressful
“You work really hard, you study a lot for your GRE,
and you try to make sure that you’re yourself in the interviews, but the best
face of yourself for them. You just hope that they like you and that you’re
qualified to be in there. It’s just the stress of waiting because I did
everything I can. There’s not much I can do right now,” Zahasky said.
Zahasky’s biggest worry is that she won’t get in. She’s
also slightly worried about being prepared for the extra work load of grad
school and going to a different university.
“You have to make all new friends, learn all the
professors, the advisors, who to go to when you need something—and it’s just
different in general,” Zahasky said.
With the end of the semester fast approaching and grad
school right around the corner, both Boehm and Zahasky seem excited to start
this new chapter in their academic careers.