On November 15, 2018, the Psychology and Sociology Club hosted the “What’s Next Post-Graduation Workshop” in Favrot Student Union. Panelists included Janice Tucker, a May 2018 Grambling State graduate who is now pursuing a graduate degree in human resources, and Dr. Matthew P. Sheptoski, an Assistant Professor of Sociology.
“Where do I take the GRE?” “How do I get a favorable recommendation letter?” “Will I have to pay out of pocket or is there funding?” were some of the questions asked and discussed in the workshop.
One audience member, Shannia Barnes, a senior majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology, said: “It was informative, and I look forward to going next semester to hear about any updated information.”
A range of topics of interest to graduating seniors as well as those interested in attending graduate school were discussed. Covered topics included graduate school funding, the importance of research, admission requirements, the differences between a resume and a curriculum vitae (CV), responsible credit card usage and the importance of avoiding high levels of debt.
Also discussed was the psychological aspect of negotiating one’s way through graduate school, which causes many students high levels of stress and is often characterized by apprehension, even fear.
Panelists encouraged the audience to develop and cultivate relationships and network with their departmental peers and colleagues, including professors and advisors, to have a source of support, and to have faith in themselves to overcome the “imposter syndrome.”
The workshop had a positive impact on attendees. Student’s majors ranged from psychology and sociology to criminal justice and social work.
Thloria Cooper, a graduating senior majoring in Psychology said, “I took away that your GPA does not define you and you should not be scared to take risks or chances.”
Graduating senior, Joshua Matoke, said “I expected what I received: to learn information about what to do when I graduate. It was helpful and all psychology majors should have attended.”
For those who were unable to this informative post-graduation workshop, there are several key points to keep in mind as you begin exploring your graduate school options: It will take more than just a high GPA to be admitted, so cultivate relationships with professors and others who will be able to write strong letters of recommendation for you and take advantage of opportunities to work with professors on research projects.
In addition, research schools and departments, begin applying to graduate programs no later than the fall of your senior year and tap into supportive social networks to help overcome the “imposter syndrome.”