I realize I haven’t blogged in a while, although I’ve had a flurry of activity on my tumblr since buying my puppy. I wanted to just take a moment to reflect on something that I’ve become increasingly passionate about after graduating with my Master of Science degree, 6 months after the fact.
I have come across a good amount of people who think an advanced degree is somewhat of a waste and that what you know matters over books you read for homework and tests you take to pass courses. To that I would say attending Pace University for Publishing has put me where I am today. I have had the opportunity to network with so many people in New York City’s publishing industry because of connections that initially started with fellow classmates and a dedicated group of Professors who care about sharing their knowledge with full transparency. You won’t always get that in the workplace depending on company culture.
Yes, I’m referring to something straight out of Gladwell’s concepts. I never would have attended Tools of Change or Book Expo America without it and I certainly would not have moved to New York City. I would never have had the mentors and the opportunities to meet such fine and gifted business executives and talented writers.
I for one believe in lifelong learning, whether inside or outside the classroom. If you’re not growing, then something is amiss. Classes are a chance to meet like-minded individuals who are just as passionate as you are and change the world. Thriving in an environment that fosters your input and cares about your growth is extremely important and graduate school is just that for your professional development.
-Julianne Shapiro, proudly M.S.-