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Don't go to graduate school

Or do.
But let’s think about all the things that you’ve experienced thus far in your life: You were born, you learned how to use a toilet and walk, you went to kindergarten, and then did nothing interesting but go to school for 16 years. Holy cow! What a snoozefest!
Instead of going to graduate school, do something interesting like live in squalor. These are the things that create stories, these stories then create thought, and thought makes you understand what you really want. I’m not saying you shouldn’t go to graduate school eventually, but at least if you wait a while you can really pursue what you’re interested in. This seems a much better alternative to just going to school because you’re too scared to face the real world.
Graduate school seems like a gamble. Your hope is that you are going to keep going to school, while taking on more debt, and when you graduate you will get the job offer of your dreams even though you have no experience. Seems delusional, doesn’t it?
I’m not telling you what to do, but I am saying don’t use graduate school as a security blanket to fill up a couple years of time. I guarantee you can find a number of other things that are more worthwhile.
Look into service organizations like Americorps, the Peace Corps and Teach for America. There are a number out there and they’ll offer you a grand adventure. If you don’t want to do that, try pursuing your interests without going to school. You might discover that you actually hate what you thought you loved.  
I’d even say that your future graduate professors would appreciate it. You’ll have a greater pool of experience to draw on.
Personally, I’m looking forward to the squalor.

Phil McCausland is an English senior from Carlisle, Pa. Follow him on Twitter @phillmccausland.