This was the first week of my what i'm sure will be a longer than necessary graduate student career. Although I maintain an uber exciting outlook towards it, I can't help but consider what this all really means. As I perused the reading list/textbooks I was amazed to discover that some of them didn't appear to be textbook like at all, but average everyday reads. Keeping that in mind, how is this different than simply reading the same material at your leisure..What makes it worth spending an outrageously, phenominal amount of money on tuition, books, and assorted fees (that let's face it, most people never really quite understand what they are used for)??
The difference is a simple piece of high quality paper that says that not only you can read, but that you have the higher ability to apply what you have read to situations and circumstances. This is not saying that those who choose not to pursue higher education don't have the same smartitude, but upon completing this grueling program I will have absolute proof that I can do so - or that i'm extremely persuasive ::picture Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz in Clueless::
Mel: You mean to tell me that you argued your way from a C+ to an A-?
Cher: Totally based on my powers of persuasion, you proud?
Mel: Honey, I couldn't be happier than if they were based on real grades.