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MYTH: “I must go to Grad School RIGHT AFTER university”

In the West, students normally take 1, 2, 5 or even 10+ years before starting graduate school applications. Remember also: in the West, every student (not a test, nor their parents) has to select their own college major. Some choose to continue the same field of study after college, but many more change their direction in grad school. Western students have had more opportunities to try (and fail!) in their studies, and even work as they study. Very few students take a “gap year” just to prepare for a test; experience is as valuable, if not more, than mere IQ.

In Taiwan, parents expect their children to graduate from college and immediately go to graduate school. However, in the West, this is unusual, and NOT recommended. You aren’t slow, stupid, or “falling behind” if you wait a couple years to start graduate school.

All in all, graduate school applications are daunting. Thankfully, you aren’t expected to do it alone! In the West, your test scores do not determine your value as a person, a friend, or a worker. The name of the school you go to does not decide your future–you do!

We recommend you start as early as possible; it’s an extensive process! But the good news is, you don’t have to do this alone. No matter your age or major, there’s a right program for you, and we hope to help you find your purpose!

If you’re a college student or young worker, we’d love to invite you to Thrive English, where you can meet other students and workers with a similar hope. Many come to practice using English in a fun, exciting, way as they build friendships. Whether you just want to gain confidence or prepare for TOEFL/IELTS, you can enjoy learning English in a natural, friendly environment.

Thrive English also offers one-on-one, individualized sessions with our Private Consultants. They have years of experience helping students apply for schools in the US, Europe, and other global institutions. Sign up for a FREE Consultation today, where in 20-30 minutes, you can meet with an instructor who can guide you through this process! With flexible, personalized coaching, TE Consultants help you prepare for exams and walk you through your Application Documents! From beginning to end, we want to help you achieve your goals. We can’t do all the work for you, but will train with you through the whole process.

If you need help with your grad school application, sign up our 20-minutes FREE consultation.

If you want to practice/improve your English speaking, come and try out our conversation class for free for one week.

Have a nice day!

Cate Shubat

Private Tutor at Thrive English Language Center

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