5 Proven Tips to Finish Your Graduate Studies

5 Proven Tips to Finish Your Graduate Studies

Finishing a graduate study includes a lot of life dramas and if you are at the receiving end of being given too many difficult students in an educational institution, and even more auxiliary tasks to handle, the demands can easily take their toll on you. You can find yourself not having enough time to unwind or socialize with your family and friends.

Indeed, it is easy to allow ourselves to get engrossed with our teaching jobs and just ignore the opportunity to grow more in our profession. Once it happen, we get stagnant in our position by just letting the sea of opportunities to skip off from our way. It is depressing once we get used to falling behind and be less important. It means we just let times pass by. Not progressing in any professional growth within our field.

With that in mind, I started to dream of pursuing a Master’s Degree with my trusted friend and classmate; Meliza. She and I started to venture on our life in the Philippine Normal University as graduate students. We passed both the Graduate College Admission Test (GCAT) and the oral interview.

But those were just the beginning; there were still many hurdles that we needed to overcome. I have been through a series of challenges that made me toss and turn over whether to stop or push through with my studies. There were times that things did not go smoothly. I struggled with health, conflicting time schedules, money, and negative emotions.

Fast forward, after four years… I finally GRADUATED!

I never thought I would be able to finish what I started in the Philippine Normal University. It was the 2nd day of April 2014 when I went up the stage to receive the diploma for my hard work and grueling  studies. I could not contain the happiness at that time.  My mom, my sister and Steven, my boyfriend, were there among the crowd celebrating my triumph.

I was glad I did not quit because if I had, I wouldn’t know how amazing it feels to graduate with the degree that began with a dream and appeared impossible to finish. All stress, anxieties, sleepless nights, and sacrifices for four years gave a huge payoff.

Starting on another degree in your profession is amazing and finishing it is undeniably impressive. There are times that obstacles appear when we are already at the middle and we get caught in a dilemma whether to continue or to quit.

But how can we stay motivated and engaged when life throws problems?

Here I am to share with you some tips that served as my guide to finish my Master’s Degree.

  1. Focus on your end goal.

Every time you feel like stopping, just think of the reasons why you started this study in the first place. Perhaps, you just need to ignite the flame of your motivation to keep on fighting against hardships. Do a flashback on what drove you to enroll on this degree course. Was it for promotion, or for gaining more knowledge and skills? No matter what it was, one thing is for sure. Your persistence would eventually provide the success and benefits will come in great measures beyond your imagination.

  1. Go with the people that share the same dream as you do.

The burdens become lighter when you share the weight with people who do the same thing. Submitting a term paper or presenting an application for a certain theory is not as simple as you were in college. Often times, the demands for a particular subject become overwhelming. Having friends who study in the same course as you do may help mitigate the trouble understanding what and how to do a particular task. Life in being a graduate student turns to be enjoyable and bearable because of the friends around us that would keep us sane.

  1. Secure your financial savings for your study.

The most common reason that students fail finishing their degree is because of financial issues. Many people think that studying while you are single is much better than studying when you are already married or have kids. While it may be true to some people, others might raise from their seats in disagreement. They are those whom the society consider as the “breadwinners.” It means that they do not keep all their money to themselves. They have their parents, siblings, nephews or nieces whom they have been giving financial assistance.

Whatever is your status right now, single or married, do not let money to be a hindrance for you not to be able to finish your studies. Make a financial plan, budget your money and save as much as you can. It entails a big sacrifice most, especially if you are a gimmick fanatic or a shopaholic.

  1. Balance in your life.

Working and studying at the same time can make you burn out easily. If both of them completely swallowed most of your time, it can turn out to be a detrimental factor for your health. You are after a better future but if your health will be at stake, then what is the point of all those hardships? Everything should be in moderation and if you feel like too much of your time goes to work and study alone, then, it is the time to reflect and shift a change in lifestyle.

5. Always look at the bright side of life

Once in a while, there will be factors that will weaken your goal to finish your study. A strict professor, a very low grade, intimidating classmates, financial burdens, family pressures – name it all. But don’t let any of those factors put you down. In this vast world, the only constants are God, death, and change. It just means that whatever difficulties you are going through will eventually pass. So, whenever you feel down, just go back to my first tip at the top.

At present, I am taking a doctoral degree and I’ve been using these tips. They do not only lighten my mood, they’ve preserved my sanity at being a graduate student. Most of all, they’ve helped me create a courageous heart and dedicated mind to harness my wholesome personality that justifies my profession.

5 Proven Tips to Finish Your Graduate Studies

 

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Ana Rose Alvaro

Ana Rose was born and raised in the Philippines. A full-time teacher and a part-time student. She loves her simple and yet adventurous life with her wonderful family, great friends, and supportive boyfriend. Roads and Pages serves as her outlet to share what she loves to do the most in her life. Those are spending time with people who matter the most, reading books, and traveling one country at a time.

7 comments

  1. I took up my post-grad degree and thinking about taking a break from it. I feel I need to just calm down and relax and rejuvenate my physical and mental health. These are really great tips that anyone could benefit from. Btw, what did you take for your masters? 😃

    1. It is understandable. I was like that when I was studying for my Masters too. I took up my Masters in Educational Technology. I started 2010 and graduated 2014.

  2. These tips are truly helpful. These are being overlooked sometimes and with this post of yours, those that are on their way to finish their graduate studies will surely be happy to read this post of yours. I actually have friends who are now in their graduate studies and will surely send this to them. I love how you have elucidated all your tips because it is concise and well composed. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  3. The difference between graduate study and college is the choice. In our society, parents play a role in the decision to enroll in which school and course to take. In some families, it is the kid who decides, but in others, the parents may have the final decision.

    Graduate studies, on the other hand, is mostly a decision and choice made by the student. Hence, it is up to them to either complete it or drop out. Of course, there will be challenges. On the curriculum itself, students are already equipped with the foundation, and there’s Google. But financially, that is another thing. So, tama ka, kailangan mag plan for that.

  4. I had my masterals before but I only finished one semester because I took the board exam. Since I passed, I wasn’t able to enroll again. Got busy with the kids! But these tips are indeed helpful especially to those who really want to finish their graduate studies.

  5. This is great advice. I was thinking about pursuing a certificate of teaching along with my degree in journalism. I’m giving it more thought though because I have kids and I want to make sure I’m present for them during the most influential years of their lives. But it might be something I pursue later as I agree with you staying stagnant in your field can be a little depressing. But you have to be prepared to put in the hard work.

    1. Thank you Heather! I am hoping for your success. I have been trying to do what I want in life because I think that is how we live life to its fullest.

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