As 2003 Cedarville graduate Mike Kibbe discovered, one is never too old to listen to Dad.
Immediately after graduating from Cedarville, Kibbe, a Bible major, enrolled in Dallas Theological Seminary to earn a 4-5 year Master of Theology degree. He dropped out two years into the program.
“My dad told me it was a dumb idea to go right into grad school, and I didn’t listen,” Kibbe says, laughing. “He was right.”
Kibbe says he went to graduate school because he wasn’t sure what else to do. But he, other master’s graduates and students, and graduate school administrators say while graduate school can indeed be worth it, students need to know why they want to go in the first place and need to understand the field they are hoping to study.
“You don’t go to graduate school just because you’ve heard it’s a good idea,” says Patrick Osmer, vice provost for graduate studies and dean of the graduate school at Ohio State University. “I think you should have a definite interest, definite plans, and you should do a fair amount of research on identifying exactly the right programs and figuring out if it makes sense.”(Click here to read more.)