Grad school is not special anymore. It has become the place people usually go because school is comfortable. Why not live off of government loans a few more years and pretend it is your money and then complain that you have so much money to pay back and the government owes you an education? I have met so many people who don't have any good reason to be doing their graduate degree and often do not know what he/she wants to do with his/her life after grad school.
Willis didn't go to grad school. He just sleeps. And barfs.
Anywho. Graduate school is very much a status. I know in music, undergrads just think about grad school. Teachers have to eventually earn enough credits to have a masters degree, even if it is a general masters degree with no specialization, just to sound more legit. If you want to get a grad degree for whatever, there will be a school that will accept you, because the university system is self-feeding.
Then, why am I in graduate school? First of all, I wasn't a good enough oboist to make it as a freelancer with just my undergrad degree. Yes, I did turn down an Army contract to play oboe in one of their bands, but that was a very difficult decision to make. I did make the correct decision. Secondly, I was affected by the ominous "graduate school" that people get excited about. Everything turned out alright though; my professor is amazing and has helped me grow in the most positive ways as a person and an oboist. I can play oboe without pain now. Reed making is not scary at all. I can play in tune on most days ;). I honed my writing skills and can research skillfully. I can approach music and learn it in an efficient and honorable fashion. I possess the skills to uproot my life at a moment's notice. I have had the opportunity to study in a different country and culture.
Will I apply for the next trendy step of a doctorate? Maybe someday if I want, after I birth some babies, but not in the near future. This is because my ideal career does not need a doctorate. I can learn by buying books on Amazon, which is much cheaper than school. Also, if I would ever desire a university job, it would be better to have kids before I would apply, so having kids before doing a doctorate (as crazy as that seems) would allow me to start a family young, and not have baby-having interfere with a tenure-track position. Win-win. Especially since Justin says he supports that if it would ever happen. I change my mind so much that he has to be aware of any potential changes to my current way of thinking.
Willis is too lazy to attempt a doctorate.
Dearest readers: Did you go to graduate school? What were your motives? Was it worth it?