Fair offers chance to browse grad schools
More than 100 programs to be represented
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013 23:10
By deciding to attend graduate or professional school, many students are faced with tacking on years to their academic careers after graduation.
With the goal of informing students of their options, the Career Center will host the Graduate and Professional School Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Memorial Student Center’s Bethancourt Ballroom.
Patricia Alexander, associate director of the Career Center, said there will be 110 resource tables representing the graduate and professional programs from more than 90 schools across the country as well as several international schools, making it the largest Graduate and Professional School Day the Career Center has held since the event began over 20 years ago.
“The unique part about this is that you have a person you can actually speak to about the opportunities they have, the uniqueness of their programs and they can also talk about funding,” Alexander said. “I’m sure that’s going to be the number one issue for young people — ‘How will I fund this degree?’”
The firsthand information students can receive from this event is what Alexander said will be truly beneficial.
“I’m hearing more and more from incoming students that the majority are expressing an interest in advanced degrees based on their career goals,” she said. “Many of them feel graduate school will help them achieve that next level and it will be required of that career goal.”
Junior nutrition sciences major, Christian Tulio, said the face-to-face interaction sets this event apart from traditional research a student does when deciding on a school to attend.
“I feel like [the representatives] can give you a piece of advice that you wouldn’t have known if you just go to their website,” Tulio said.
Branden Gordon, junior psychology major, said he plans on pursuing a graduate degree in either naturopathic medicine or psychology and said he hopes to get a head start on his graduate school path.
“I think [the event] gets your foot in the door,” Gordon said. “It gives you an idea of what’s interesting to you and what schools you want to go to and just the different characteristics each of them have that make them stand out for you.”
With programs from nursing to theology represented, Alexander said the variety will appeal to the diverse student body at A&M.
“We have students who are, as far as their future plans, unlimited in what they’re aspiring to do,” she said. “As a result of that, these programs know there’s no better place to be than Texas A&M because we have a wide range of students.”