Henrietta Nagy, a Hungarian graduate student from Romania, shares her experiences and advice about graduate school
It’s November… exactly 10 months since I left my country to study toward an MBA at Niagara University. It seems like it was yesterday when I arrived to campus. Everything was so different, new and ready to be discovered.
I remember how terrified I was before my trip. It was a totally new life in a totally different environment. It was like starting a new life from zero.
I also remember telling my friends about all the challenges I needed to face by coming here. They were all just saying, “It’s all going to be okay.” And they were right. Now that I look back at this whole experience, it was even better than I expected.
I am writing this blog post to assure everyone who is scared, confused or stressed, that EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OKAY. We all have these kinds of feelings sometimes and it’s normal. Whether we just started graduate school or we are close to graduation, there is always an inner pressure that we need to figure out what we want to do with our lives. Yes, that is true. We do need to start growing up and making some plans and wise decisions. But we don’t have to figure out everything in one day.
In my opinion, this is the time when we have to experience new things. GET INVOLVED! VOLUNTEER! And most importantly, DON’T STAY PASSIVE!
By doing this, you’ll meet a lot of new people, who may end up being the connection between you and your future employer. You never know.
Unfortunately, in general, there is a passive attitude among some graduate students.
We say we don’t have time to participate in extracurricular activities. We are looking for excuses and we blame it on the lack of time. Sometimes we are too focused on figuring out what we want to do, but we let so many opportunities fade away.
This is the time, when we can’t let any opportunity run away from us. Niagara University has so much to offer. We just have to open our eyes and take advantage of it. Don’t just sit around and wait for the opportunities to appear. Go ahead and find them. Ask questions, be curious, be active and don’t forget to have fun.
And if you do this, I am confident that in the end it’s all going to be okay.
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