WMU News

Program will help older students weigh graduate school pros, cons

October 13, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Thinking about going to graduate school years after obtaining an undergraduate degree?

A panel of Western Michigan University alumni will discuss the pleasures and pitfalls during a free public program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in WMU's McKee Alumni Center at the corner of Oakland Drive and Austin Street in Kalamazoo.

The program, "An Alumni View: Going Back to WMU for Graduate Programs," is being sponsored by the Greater Kalamazoo chapter of the WMU Alumni Association. It is being coordinated by Shelley R. Murphy, communications manager for the Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies and secretary for the Kalamazoo alumni chapter.

"College was a great experience for many people, but going back for an advanced degree can be a difficult decision for older students," Murphy says. "They have a lot to consider, from how they'll manage their time and responsibilities to whether they'll fit in on today's college campus."

Persons contemplating a return to school are invited to start their deliberations with light refreshments and networking at 5:30 p.m. Then Dr. Shirley Clay Scott, dean of WMU's Graduate College, will provide an overview of the University's graduate programs and application process.

The panel discussion will follow, with alumni sharing stories about their own return to school and answering questions from the audience. Seating is limited, so those planning to attend are asked to call (616) 387-8777 or fax (616) 387-8770 and reserve a place by Oct. 28.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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