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I could use some encouragement [Jun. 16th, 2009|10:38 pm]
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[kindlin]
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Has anyone here done a second degree to bring up their GPA in order to go to graduate school?

I'm going back to school because I screwed up my GPA badly the first time around. I have a degree in English and will be doing a second degree in World Literature this fall. I need to bring up my grades so I have a better chance of getting into grad school for Comparative Literature. I don't mind doing more school but two years is a big commitment, and I guess I'm just afraid that I might not be able to pull this off.

I was wondering if anyone has gone through or is going through the same thing. I guess I just need to know that others have tried and succeeded. Any thoughts would be appreciated!
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[User Picture]From: gr_scott_jo
2009-06-17 06:26 am (UTC)
I'm doing something a little similar. It's not for boosting my grades, but it is to switch fields: I have a Physics undergrad degree, and am taking a bunch of Computer Science undergrads so that I can do a Masters (PhD?) in Comp Sci. Right now I'm between the first year and second year of taking nothing but Comp Sci courses (and between the second and third year of being out of my first degree, after taking a year off to unsuccessfully look for a job--so it's almost more like a three year commitment, but if it's what you want to do, so what? Would you really rather be in the real world?).

... It's no success story, but at least so far they haven't stopped me and say "Wait... actually, you can't do this." I'm sure you'll do fine! :-D
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[User Picture]From: kindlin
2009-06-17 06:46 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing your experience! Yes, I've tried the real world thing .. didn't like it one bit. :)

I took three years off after I finished my first degree, first teaching English in Japan and then working as an administrative assistant here back home. After working at jobs that didn't interest me, I'm more than ready to go back to school. I'm just afraid that even doing a second degree isn't going to make me competitive enough for grad school. I owe it to myself to give it a try though.

Thanks for the encouragement. I'm sure you'll be a success story, and hopefully things will turn out for me too. :)
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