So I’m finally finished with my MSIA degree – the thesis has been turned in and graded. Now all that’s left is to wait for May to walk down the aisle with my classmates. My goal at the beginning was to graduate with a 4.0 so that I may earn the “with distinction” title. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite make it as my GPA turned out to be 3.9. However, I learned that grades aren’t necessarily everything. Sometimes it’s the experiences and information you share with your classmates that prove to be invaluable in the long run.
Besides…it doesn’t seem to me that employers put a lot of emphasis on additional degree titles such as “with honors”, “with high honors”, or “with distinction”. Fortunately, most employers realize that schooling is merely a baseline of knowledge and doesn’t automatically make you prepared to jump right on a job. Employers also test your knowledge one way or another during the interview process to their specific requirements. No matter where you end up as far as employment goes, you will always need time to adjust to the job itself. And that is where fellow students and instructors are valuable by bringing real life experiences in to the course work.
To my fellow classmates, congratulations, good luck, and I look forward to seeing you in May.