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Posted by Watashi Wa , Jan 09 2012 · 189 views

college life
Today marks the first day of my last semester of college.

I would be wrong to say that I'm not excited, but part of me is...anxious, nervous. I know what I want to do with my life; unfortunately, I don't feel as if I am fully prepared to take on those dreams. Ahead of me is a choice: do I want to pursue graduate school or instead find a full-time job? Of course, there are no rules saying I can't do both. Best case scenario would have me working a full-time job while taking graduate courses at night, two or three classes at a time. At this point, I need to determine if graduate school will better allow me to pursue my aspirations of starting a development studio. I've looked at a few high-profile studio and the requirements for most programming positions call for a "4-year computer science degree or equivalent." I would love to say my degree is a computer-science equivalent, but I do not feel I would be qualified applying for such a position. With this, I ask myself: What can I do to better prepare myself for such a job? Would graduate school be the way to go? My good friend Nate (Than the Moa) and I have tossed around the idea of working on small, indie game projects. This would provide us with hard, hands-on experience that I wouldn't get from a graduate degree (even though a graduate degree could still be very useful if my dreams do not come to fruition). Yet part of me simply wants to go to graduate school simply because it's familiar, in my comfort zone. I love learning, and graduate school could be an invaluable experience.

So basically, I have some tough decisions ahead of me. I will need a job after I graduate in May, regardless if I enter graduate school or not. I have a lot of thinking to do until then.

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I know I'll be doing graduate school, even though I don't want to even a little bit. You know, once I finally get a Bachelors. Eventually.
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Grad school was fun. See if you can become a grad assistant where they pay you to get your masters or PhD and teach lower level classes. Some of my friends are doing that with much success.
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