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Grad School

Learn English meaning of ‘grad school’

Date: Jun 02 2020

Themes: School, Work

Grammar: Adverbs


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People can get an education in many different ways. Some simply read and study at home while others get an internship. Going to a university is a very popular way to further your education. Many people have undergrad degrees. These degrees, also called bachelor’s degrees, help many people find jobs. However, some people want more education. Going to grad school is a popular option.

In grad school, you can get a master’s degree. It’s a great way to home in on new job skills. But before you can go to grad school, you might need to get specific qualifications. This means that you might need to take extra classes and spend more money. You’ll need to decide if this is worth the investment. Going to grad school can teach you many great things, but it can also be expensive!

Jessica is trying to work up the courage to apply for grad school. Listen to Brian give her advice in today’s English lesson.


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Jessica:  I have been debating, lately, whether or not I should look into going to graduate school.

Brian:  Oh! Grad school! I actually went to grad school.

Jessica:  Did you really?

Brian:  Yeah, I have my master’s degree in Fine Arts.

Jessica:  Oh, that is so cool. I had an amazing experience in undergrad because I had some incredible professors, and… I don’t know… I’ve been debating whether it is worth the investment.

Brian:  I’ll say, it does take a lot more dedication. I mean, you really home in on what you’re studying. You mentioned professors…

Jessica:  Yeah.

Brian:  I enjoyed it because I got to know them really closely. It’s a much smaller class. And you have to make sure you have the right qualifications. But it is a great way to further your education

Jessica:  Yeah.

Brian:  And can lead to really great opportunities.

Jessica:  It sounds so intimidating. I don’t know… Maybe, for now, I’ll look into an internship instead and work up the courage to apply for graduate school.

Brian:  Yeah. If you need any more information, just let me know.

Jessica:  Sounds good. Thanks!


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Jessica is thinking about going back to school to get her master’s degree. She can’t decide if it’s a good idea, so she talks to Brian. Brian went to grad school, and he earned a Masters in Fine Arts. He loved his time at the university because he was able to make friends with many of his professors. He liked the small classes and learned many good skills.

Jessica had some wonderful professors during her bachelor’s degree, and she would love to study with great teachers again. However, she can’t decide if it would be worth spending the money to go back to school. She wants to further her education, but she doesn’t want to spend too much. Maybe, she will begin with an internship first.

If you could get any master’s degree, what would it be? Who was your favorite professor in school?



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I’m a high school student..well it’s my last year,and if i succeed i’ll enter university,I’m planning to study English Literature,and get the undergraduate degree…I’d like to further my education abroad ,it’s my dream,and i’m working for it,even though it’s quite expensive.

09:44 PM Jun 11 2016 |

Sami Aswad

Sami Aswad


I’m planning to further my education abroad weather US or Germany ! It does need a lot more dedication, I gotta work my ass off

09:34 AM Jun 09 2016 |


United States

Find something you enjoy in life and get in school!  I’m workin on my Masters in History.

10:15 AM Jun 08 2016 |



If I could get any master’s degree, it would be psychology.

My subject in the university was psychology. I like it very much. I ever wanted to get further education in this subject but I couldn’t pass the examination.


07:53 AM Jun 08 2016 |



I would love to get a master degree in Astronomy or Photography. Actually it would be awesome to combine these two. Astrophotography, one thing I am madly passionate about.

06:33 AM Jun 08 2016 |

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