<p>i can't believe four years are almost finished. i've always had plans to continue my education after graduation, but school and life seems to have sped up time. maybe it's late..and maybe i'm naive, but i am not ready for my college experience/learning to be done.</p>
<p>i had always told myself i'd try to pursue an MBA after graduation, but i'd almost rather continue on in my field of study - but somewhere else. los angeles has been a true experience, but it was never my intention to live out the first 21 years of my life here.</p>
<p>now as i reach the end, i feel as though my grades and educational background have shut some doors for a business degree. if i were to continue with a liberal arts degree, money would be a huge factor.</p>
<p>my top choice was always UNC chapel hill (they had waitlisted me), and i am interested in their russian/eastern european graduate program as that was my specialty in undergrad.</p>
<p>my primary questions?</p>
<p>-are my motivations substantial to continue on?
-would pursuing a higher degree (for me) be fulfilling or just act as a venue for accruing more debt?
-am i too late to start thinking about this/are my grades competitive?
-should my desire to study at UNC play into my decision process?</p>
<p>some quick facts about me:</p>
<p>-spring '12 BA from UCLA in european studies, ~3.4gpa
-12 month internship at morgan stanley/smith barney
-8 month internship with the los angeles clippers' front office
-supervisor at student union operated coffee shop
-have not taken GRE
-many ECs, but few documented
---homeowner and landlord for 3.5yrs
---backyard mechanic; several vintage bmw restorations
---amateur track and autocross competitor
---accomplished cellist; semi-professional level
-only one or two student/professor relationships
-$13k in student loan debt after graduation</p>