Could you tell me some of my options besides grad school after graduating? Currently I do not have a competitive enough Gpa to apply. Are there any other ways to further my education, specifically ones that do not require a high Gpa? If so, what are the requirements? Also, is there anything I can do besides obtaining another undergraduate degree with a higher Gpa that can help with my chances of getting into grad school in the future?
Thank you, I truly appreciate your help! 🙂
Things you can do other than go to grad school that aren’t entirely educational, may raise your GPA, and will possibly even raise your spirits:
1. Go back to UofT.
Requirement(s): a touch of masochism, money, desperation.
Note(s): You can always come back to raise your CGPA if you’re so set on grad school. Basically, this is the only real way of raising that bad boy sooooooo.
2. Get a job.
Requirement(s): resume, positive attitude, knowing people.
Note(s): It’s quite doable — the whole getting a job with just your bachelor’s degree thing. People actually do it. My friend loves to lament over the fact that her brother dicked around through university and just sent out a whole bunch of resumes/cover letters after graduation. Now he’s been promoted to something that is going to flying him to China multiple times a year on the company’s dime. Mmmmm good food.
Sticking to the whole school thing isn’t totally necessary. 😉
3. Go to college. Or anywhere that offers a post graduate certificate > MA/PhD.
Requirement(s): for the most part, just a degree.
Note(s): These sorts of programs are cheaper and in the long run, probably much more useful. Realistically, sticking around in university is for the would be scholar or researcher, so if you want something more hands on, go for a program that’ll require you to eventually hit up some sort of internship or co-op. Experience is always key!
Requirement(s): money, sense of adventure, good shoes.
Note(s): Just drop everything and travel. Have over protective parents? Just book the ticket and tell them you’re leaving when you’re at the door. Got a boyfriend/girlfriend? Ehhh they can wait a little. Have friends you’re going to miss? Whatever invest in social media apps to keep in touch.
Like seriously just travel, education be damned.
5. Teach English abroad.
Note(s): I suppose we can call this little part 4b but seriously… you’ve been at UofT for four years. Spice things up. Flee. Wander. And make some money while you’re at it.
6. Gather alllllll the knowledge.
Requirement(s): books, Discovery Channel, access to Wikipedia.
Note(s): Learn everything. Read a book. Watch a documentary. I literally sat through a half hour of my friend talking to me about platypuses because he listened to a podcast about them. You don’t need school to learn something new.
7. Start a blog.
Requirement(s): internet, wit.
Note(s): Misery loves company and what’s more entertaining than the plight of the graduated millennial who can’t find a job and discusses his/her failures in blog form? Just go for it.
Now not all of these are going to bump up your CGPA (only one of them will technically) but they’ll certainly raise your spirits.