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I would have liked to go to graduate school but quite frankly I was so depressed by the time I graduated from college that I saw absolutely no point in going to grad school. Getting a job and pay off my student loans seemed like a much better alternative. Besides, if I couldn't even pass a job interview how in the world was I going to pass a graduate school interview? Not to mention that there is the issue of the GRE, which, because I am verbally stupid, I simply do not have the capacity to do well at. The verbal section is not like the math section where you do 500 sample problems until they become second nature to you. The verbal section is something that either you do well at or you don't. I am not talking about memorizing a list of 5000 words. I'm talking about being able to read passages, commit the information to memory, process it, and answer questions about those passages. I suck at those tasks. So as I was saying, graduate school just didn't seem like a good choice at the time. I wanted to be debt free, save some money for a rainy day, and try to find a fulfilling job. And did I mention the thesis? I'm not a genius, what am I going to write a thesis about? There might be second rate programs where a thesis is not necessary, but who is going to take that graduate degree seriously? Grad school is a pyramid scheme. Only the few people at the top make it. The 90% at the bottom of the pyramid signed up for a failed investment. So now I'm almost 30, unemployed, barely searching for a job since the more I search and don't hear from anyone the more depressed I feel, I'm working with a psychiatrist who is giving me meds that supposedly will help me concentrate but that after 2 months haven't done anything, I feel inferior to just about anyone with either a fulfilling job or a graduate degree, I don't have a wife/girlfriend, I don't even have friends. So the interesting part is that when I was in high school I was this role-model student. I overcame socioeconomic adversity and still managed to make As. I wonder what my former classmates and teachers would think if they saw how I ended up. Anyway, just wanted to say that I wish you all good luck. Pray you don't end up like I did. I'm not a bad person. I really am not. I was a good student, I never wronged anyone, but it just so happens that my brain was a bit of out-of-sync and for that reason I wasn't able to give society what it wanted.