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I could use some encouragement [Jun. 16th, 2009|10:38 pm]


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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!

[User Picture]From: kindlin
2009-06-17 05:46 pm (UTC)

Re: It's not what you know, it's who you know.

Thank you for the very informative comment.

To answer your question, I'm going back to school to both boost my GPA and get ready for graduate school. When I said I screwed up with my first degree, I meant it. I graduated with a C and a few failed courses, which pretty much excludes me from getting accepted into any master's program .. I think. I also have been out of school for three years. As it stands right now, I don't have confidence that I can do graduate level work. I guess doing another degree (and succeeding) is also a way for me to prove it to myself that I'm not delusional in thinking that an academic career is possible for me.

Your comment gave me a lot to think about though, especially with finding out which programme I'd like to do my MA/PhD in and coming up with a better strategy to achieve my goals. I'm ready to work hard, but I do need to be smarter about how I'm going to make it happen. I do have some backups in case this doesn't turn out, but what you said made a lot of sense, and I will be looking into the options you have mentioned.

Thanks again for the help!
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