The Grad School Woes and Solutions of a Steinhardt Senior

Monday, September 17, 2012

As I'm starting the final year of my undergraduate collegiate career I was expecting to feel some sort of super-hero-inducing adrenaline rush, pushing me to the end, leading me to victory. What I have found, however, is an intense regression, all the way back to high school.

The fall air brings more than hot soups and pumpkin spice lattes, it requires us to think of what is coming. Even when I was too young to be aware of it, every fall as school began I was just forced to think of what was coming, both in the academic year and in my life compared to the spring when I all I could think about was the end of the mess I was currently in. Now, at the brisk welcome of my senior year of college I can only think back to my senior year of high school and the pressure of "the next step."

I have decided to apply directly to graduate school after finishing my program here, and although I've told myself and many others that I'm applying it's finally starting to hit me as to what that actually means. Just because I will have my undergraduate degree doesn't mean I can just "go to grad school." I still have to write the essays, go for the interviews, take the tests, fill out the forms, and make every answer count, just like high school!

Luckily the advisors in Teaching and Learning are totally on top of it and are aware that many of my fellow T&L seniors are also reverting back to high school students and need to figure our stuff out! The new Assistant Director for Undergraduate Advising & Student Services in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Marni Passer, has put together a workshop for T&L seniors all about grad school, the whats-what and the how-tos.

 Email her ( to reserve your spot for the workshop on Friday, October 5th, at 3:00pm in Silver 207 to learn more about our options for graduate school. Thanks Marni!

Good luck this fall, seniors and the rest'o'ya!

Ezra Plancon
Steinhardt USG