Future for Brockport graduate students

SUNY Brockport senior Nicholas Kolb is one of many students struggling with the idea of what to do next after graduating. 

(Photo of Nicholas Kolb Working on his final paper Captured by Gavin Ellis on December 7, 2021)

“I was always interested in the idea of attending graduate school, however, it wasn’t until a couple of my friends who have master’s degrees in the business told me how successful they were that convinced me to pursue this program,” Kolb said.

Throughout the past few months of his senior year at SUNY Brockport, Kolb has been sitting down with advisors to help prepare for his future after he graduates in May.

“In terms of difficulties regarding going on to graduate school it mainly came down to the price of attendance,” Kolb said. 

Graduate school can be a daunting task for many students as not only is it expensive it also requires a significant amount of time and money.

Kolb, like many other students, points out that the cost of graduate school is what keeps them from fully committing to the idea of furthering their education. 

“Overall, in my opinion, I feel that at certain colleges you are mainly paying for the name and not the quality of the education,” Kolb said.

However, there are several different options for students who wish to move on to graduate school such as the master of business administration (MBA) program. These programs are very beneficial for students as it provides further opportunities for students to network with potential employers while broadening their understanding of the topic they are majoring in.

“ I applied to SUNY Brockport’s MBA program about a month ago. I was very surprised at how easy the whole process was and I got accepted within a week. I enjoy going to college at  SUNY Brockport and cannot wait to continue my studies once I complete my bachelor’s degree,” Kolb said.

(Photo of Nicholas Kolb excited after being accepted for his MBA program captured by Gavin Ellis on December 7, 2021)

There are several resources and advisors that students can use to help when trying to apply for graduate school. 

Professor at SUNY Brockport Alexander Moe makes it a point to take time out of his class to present his students with the information needed to apply for graduate school. 

“ Graduate programs can be very beneficial for students especially if they are intrigued by the topic they are going to be studying in their major,” Moe said. 

Students who have developed a strong passion for the major that they have been in for the past four years should consider graduate school. 

The graduate school offers the opportunity for students to do research on a much more advanced level than what they were doing. This type of research is very similar to the work that this individual may be doing in their actual career.  

As of recently, several graduate schools are offering to pay their students to attend through a stipend or salary-based wage. 

“ Now is the time to consider graduate school as several different universities are offering to pay their students to attend graduate school,” Moe said.

Overall, attending graduate school does not guarantee that you will achieve more success than individuals who only have a bachelor’s degree. However, this does provide you with plenty of connections and resources to help further your career. 

“ My friends who have their masters in business have told me that this does not guarantee success, however it does provide you with opportunities that you may not have had previously in your undergrad program,” Kolb said.

Graduate school may seem intimidating and expensive. Which can cause many students to struggle with the idea of furthering their education. However, with the help of advisors and professors, on-campus students have the ability to seek out all the benefits that graduate programs could provide for them.



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