Today I went to a Math Club meeting that featured two graduate students and two professors who formed a panel to talk about graduate school life and application process. I’ve been getting stronger and stronger feelings that perhaps I do not want to go to graduate school in Mathematics. I’m ready for Mathematics graduate school, and I would definitely be good at it, but that doesn’t mean that that’s what I should do with my one and only life. I love to teach, and part of me asks why I should wait so long to do what I really want to do, and why I should restrict my love of learning to one particular specialization of one particular subject.
Armed with this apprehension, I was especially struck by what one of the graduate students said. She took two years in the “real world” before she decided that she wanted to be in graduate school. She said that anyone who doesn’t feel strongly about going to graduate school in Mathematics should think hard about whether it is the right time to go to graduate school in Mathematics. In other words, if you aren’t absolutely positive, then it’s probably not the right time.
On the flip side, I have been feeling better and better about math education grad school, and the nice incentives that some programs offer.