Of the $1.19 trillion in student debt in the U.S., 40 percent belongs to graduate students, who account for just 14 percent of the college population.
I wanted to beat the final boss. I had been playing the Education Game my entire life, and I wanted to see what was on the last level.
We will never stop talking about whether MFAs are worthwhile. That horse has been killed, sold in part for meat and in part for glue, buried, and prayed over, and we’re still beating it.
This summer, I lived with a revolving cast of roommates, one of whom was going to go to law school in September. One night, my roommate mentioned that he was going to go through law school so he could “meet the right people,” and then he said he’d apply to med school because that was his real passion. I may have choked a bit when he said that. I was in college for seven years because I did a master’s program in English literature, followed by a Master of Library and Information Studies.
In 2009, when the economy was at its lowest, I had an undergraduate degree and was lucky enough to have a job. But it wasn’t a good one, so I decided to go back to school.
Philip J. Guo recently completed a Ph.D. program in Computer Science at Stanford, and now works for Google. He has a tell-all about his experience.