Starting Over at 24

“It’s never too late to start over. If you weren’t happy with yesterday, try something different today. Don’t be stuck. Do better” – Andy Wooten 

Something I never thought would be for me, going to grad school – especially after being in the work force for over two years. One day while at work, I found myself completely unsatisfied with the track I had chosen. I was a business major through undergrad. Although I was at an entry level position, I knew after two years what my future would look like and it was not what I imagined it to be. This is when I began exploring graduate school.

My initial thoughts: After all the time I put in undergrad, I felt like it was all going to be thrown out the window; a waste of time, money and effort. Who am I kidding? Did I even remember how to study or write a paper? As I began exploring my options I couldn’t even wrap my head around sitting in a classroom, writing a paper, or taking out loans.

Although I was feeling apprehensive about a career change and just going back to school in general, I knew I couldn’t continue down this path and school had potential to be my way out. After meeting with a Canisius Graduate Admissions Counselor for the School Counseling program and getting a tour of the campus, the idea of graduate school became more of a hope for the future than an unrealistic anxiety.

Almost a year into my two year program, I have realized that it’s never too late. At 18 years old, knowing what you want to be when you grow up is pretty unrealistic for most of us. I feel lucky that I figured it out at 24. Graduate school gave me an opportunity to explore other areas as slowly or as quickly as I choose. Many Canisius programs are designed for people who are working full time and professors understand that the hours you are in class is considered precious time. They give you exactly what you need, no more and no less. Going back to school and choosing to change my path made me realize that my undergraduate degree was not a waste of time, money or effort – it is actually very applicable in many aspects and makes me a more holistic person as I expand my knowledge in other areas. And if you were one of the lucky ones who got it right the first time, graduate school is just a step to expand your knowledge, network within your community and take a huge step in your career.

I am so glad I took the leap. I can’t even imagine where I would be if I had settled with my undergrad degree.