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Grad school hosts event to educate undergraduates

 The graduate program hosted an event called “Is Graduate School for Me?” on Monday in the Student Union Ballroom aimed to help undergraduate students learn about the masters programs here at VSU as part of Graduate Student Week.

 Dr. Alfred Fuciarelli, assistant vice-president of research and dean of the graduate school, and students from the graduate program were there to answer questions that students had.

 Students who attended ranged from all levels in their undergraduate years.

 There were numerous booths set up from different graduate programs: sociology, history, nursing, social work, education, biology, English and psychology departments. 

 Fuciarelli offered his opinions regarding the benefits of attending grad school.

  “Although it’s a lot of work, it’s very self-fulfilling and satisfying,” he said. “I am hoping that students will take the wonderful opportunity to advance in their education.  Graduate school was one of the most exciting times of my life.”

 Ramya Chetty, a clinical psychology grad student, was also there to comment on the pros and cons of grad school

 “It’s an uphill battle but when you get the swing of things it is a great feeling,” she said. “I am glad that I went to grad school. I feel accomplished in life. You learn a lot about yourself, and you learn how to push yourself.” 

 Hans Luidor, a marriage and family grad student felt time management was one of the most important aspects regarding grad school.

  “Time management definitely plays a key,” he said. “I think that students should consider grad school because it opens the doors for more opportunities in life.  In general, it’s a step up from undergraduate school, but do not freak out.  Remember that you can do it and some else has been in your shoes before.  If they can do it, why can’t you?” 

 Fuciarelli offered undergraduate students advice on how grad school would better them.

  “The advice I would like to give the undergraduate students is that they need to distinguish themselves from their peers,” he said. Whether it be engaging themselves in undergraduate research or establishing connections, students should be able to find opportunities that set them apart from anyone else.”

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