The well known cliché “life is a journey, not a destination” is a very true and pertinent statement as to why I wish to return to graduate school. In life we all reach points where we must step out of our comfort zone in order to grow. I have reached one of those particular points and feel that it is time to continue my education in graduate school. Attaining an advanced degree such as an M.B.A. can be a necessity in today’s very competitive economy. Companies want people who are educated and can give them every edge possible. Possessing a graduate level degree can have several superb advantages. The specific reasons why I wish to return to graduate school are to create more lucrative career opportunities, expand personal knowledge, and obtain a sense of personal achievement.
Although not the entire calculation of career success, salary is a very widely used benchmark. It takes effort and desire to increase one’s salary so therefore often it is used as measurement. Education is a very important weapon to have in the fight to increase one’s salary. According to a recently released U.S. Census Bureau Report. Personal average lifetime earnings directly correlate with level of education with high school graduates earning an average 1.2 million, college graduates 2.1 million and graduate school(law, medical, & business) graduates 4.4 million(www.princetonreview.com, 2003, 1st Para.). It is also a well known fact that during economically recessive times lower paying jobs are usually eliminated at a rate more rapid than management positions. Therefore having a graduate level degree can provide you with a career that is not only more lucrative monetarily but also more secure. (more…)
When I think of a graduate degree I can envisage a number of rewards. I guess the biggest visualization and reward is that of a huge paycheck. With this degree also comes increased marketability and greater chances of top positions in Corporate America. The feeling of authority and being in charge cannot be overlooked. Self-confidence, high self-esteem and accomplishment are all positive words that are attached to a graduate degree, especially the MBA.
In early 1997 I started to pursue a career in Accounting with my main goal being to sit for the CPA Examination. I successfully completed my Associate Degree in December 1999. Upon finishing my Bachelor’s degree at Clayton College and State University, I had completed 129 credit hours and graduated in May 2002. In order for me to meet the requirements for the CPA examination board I had to have 150 credit hours, which must include a Bachelor’s degree. I Therefore needed 21 credit hours to complete this requirement. (more…)
As I walked through the doors of the beginning of my high school year, I realized that very moment, I am about to deal with many obstacles that will try to separate me from my goals. Through much turbulence and interventions that I have faced to achieve many of my ambitions; I have developed into a stronger individual. Throughout my family, none of my six brothers and sisters had ever graduated from high school, and I know since I am the last daughter; my goal is to graduate high school with at least a 4.0 as my grade point average and become a role model for other people. Having my goals already set in advance shows my determination to succeed in life.
Towards the end of my ninth grade year, one of the numerous obstacles that I had to face was finding out that I was sick with something that doctors did not even know what I had. He said that my stomach was processing some type of bacteria that was not supposed to be there. So he said that maybe it was best if they wash out my stomach by sticking a tube down my throat and clean the inside of my stomach. After that procedure, he said that it will not come back again. Soon later, about one month, my stomach started to hurt. My parents took me back to the hospital and the doctor said that the bacteria came back again. They did not know what to do so they just gave me tons of medicine, therefore, they could figure out what to do. Not only did I begin to lose confidence in myself, but I started to fall in to a deep depression. (more…)
Why should I pursue a graduate degree? Is a demanding question that is often asked in one form or another among students that have completed their undergraduate degree. This question is a challenging question for many due to situations and circumstances that are taking place in student’s lives. Situations and circumstances include new marriages, new families, demanding careers, as well as, diverse social and networking activities in the church and community. Despite the situations and circumstances that are weighed against the options of pursuing a graduate degree or not pursuing a graduate degree: Choosing to obtain a graduate degree could prepare one for unlimited possibilities in personal, scholastic, or professional endeavors.
I chose to pursue a graduate degree to mutually fulfill my life long learning commitment as well as my personal development commitments established before or during undergraduate school. One commitment I made to myself was to increase my self-confidence. It was the same reason I chose to join the US Army immediately following high school; since, I wanted to fulfill the army’s basic training requirements while increasing my self-confidence. (more…)
“Deaf children read, on the average, at the fourth grade level when they graduate from high school.” (“Why shared reading?”, 2000, p. 1) This statistic is both troubling and predictable. It is troubling, because Deaf persons have an intellectual ability range similar to their hearing peers. It is predictable because according to Gail Brand, American Sign Language instructor at Northwest Indian College, Deaf culture doesn’t understand “Hearing” nuances of English language that include idioms and metaphors. “Signers” of ASL communicate with a great deal of clarifying contextual clues.
Problems with language usage and comprehension of abstract topics can occur when teaching Deaf students to read. (Smith, Polloway, Patton, & Dowdy, 1998) Marie Clay identified four cues that strategic Hearing readers use: meaning, visual, letter sounds and language structure. When adults read to children regularly in the preschool years, they develop concepts about print such as directionality and punctuation (an aspect of language structure) by listening to an adult reading fluently. (Clay, 1993) They learn comprehension strategies and vocabulary when an adult discusses the story with the child. (Armbruster, Ph.D, Lehr, & Osborn, M.Ed., 2001) This discussion of strategies recommends three to help overcome reading difficulties. They are using specific techniques when reading to Deaf students, developing phonological awareness in profoundly deaf children and using miscue analysis to assess and plan for instruction for Deaf readers. (more…)
At some colleges, college athletics are a key source of income, and they attract students to their institutions. Universities depend on their athletes to produce and maintain the popularity of their school’s name. College athletes are suppose to be the best of the best on that level, so why do college athletes not get paid?
The National Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA, says that it is trying to protect the athletes from exploitation by professional and commercial enterprises (Brawn). Many argue that student athletes should not be paid because they are receiving an education through a scholarship. These people feel that the promise of their education being paid for is enough for the college athletes. On the opposite side of the issue, people argue that the college athlete generates enough income for the universities, and they feel that the university owes the athletes more than a scholarship. Student athletes should be given a small stipend for their services to the university. (more…)
During my adolescent years in rural Alabama the thought of going to graduate school never crossed my mind, how could it, the only thing that was on my mind was football. So for the next several years the idea of playing college football consumed my every thought. It wasn’t until February 5th 1992 at the age of 18 that my dream was quickly becoming reality. I was about to announce to the whole state of Alabama, via sports news conference, the name of the University I was choosing to attend, or should I say the University I was going to attend in order to play football. To this point in my life football had become a marker for success. It was my perception that people seemed to judge you on how well you excelled in sports. Needless to say I was very fortunate in having received scholarship offers to several large universities. It was on that day in February that I made my decision to attend the University of Southern Mississippi. This would be a major turning point in my life.
It wasn’t until I my second year of undergraduate studies that my thought process and priorities began to change. More and more Football slowly took second place behind education. Although I continued to excel in my athletic venue, I found myself intrigued by the learning process and was becoming more interested in my academic accomplishments. (more…)
In a young man’s life, many things become confusing. Things that were always easily understood are now full of confusion. Things are especially confusing for a young boy who is fresh out of college and has no direction in life. In the movie “The Graduate” Benjamin Braddock is that boy who is lost without any direction. Confusion causes Benjamin Braddock to make poor judgement, which results in several problems with his relationships with people.
It is safe to say that some of Benjamin’s relationships with friends and family have been at very least slightly altered by the end of the movie. Ben’s relationship with Mrs. Robinson was tragically disturbed. Although Mrs. Robinson was very forward in what she wanted and extremely seductive towards Ben, there was absolutely no reason for him to go through with the relationship they had for a while. He started this relationship because he wanted to become a man. In his head he still thought of himself as a boy. Especially when Mrs. Robinson asked him if this was his first time. He was offended to the point that he wanted to prove to her that he was a man. (more…)
Education is one of the most important aspects of every society and country. A person can be changed no matter what kind of education they have because education affects one’s personality and moral character. Among common ideas, education establishes a one’s job choice, life quality and thoughts. Donna Gaines, essay “Dirtbags, Burnouts, Metalheads, and Thrashers” argues that education protects the social class in each person. In other words, education tends to determine the social class of each person.
Gaines talks about the vocational school. As we know, there are two different kinds of high schools that every youngster can attend: regular high schools and vocational schools (votec). Most people think that vocational schools exist for the student who has lower academic grades or makes trouble in a school. In other words, the vocational school is the negative alternative for troublemakers. Donna Gaines presents several examples of students who attended or have graduated from a vocational school such as Eddie, Cliff and Ann. (more…)
The discipline of Industrial Engineering has continued to contribute in numerous and important ways to Worldwide progress over the years. Industrial Engineering is both an art and science by itself, with immense potential for growth in a developing country like India. In order to attain excellence and utilize one’s potential to the maximum the right inputs are essential. The past few years of being an Industrial Engineering and Management student has effectively introduced me to the fascinating world of Industrial Engineering.
A consistent academic record coupled with the desire to explore new avenues in order to enrich my knowledge and contribution to society triggers my need to pursue Graduate Studies in the United States of America, which is my foremost option. My inclination is towards technology and the integration of various technologies in the design and implementation of engineering solutions. I am therefore led to believe that a graduate study program that is both flexible and allows one to tailor make the program so as to suit the career objectives and goals of the individual is the ideal choice for me. (more…)