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Category: Student Life

What opinions are there for taking a gap year or other measures before going to grad school? 

Dear AAPAAN What opinions are there for taking a gap year or other measures before going to grad school?  Signed Anonymous Dear Anonymous Graduate school requires a large investment of time, personal energy, and financial resources.  Graduate school also represents a commitment to a particular career direction, and, by definition, a winnowing down of certain […]

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Career, Student Life

Three Benefits of Being a UVA Alumnus

In what ways has being a UVa alumnus benefited you? – Anonymous Great question, Anonymous. From the perspective of career and employment, here are three benefits that you gain from your UVA degree: 1. Network UVA, with its decently-sized student body, long history (by U.S. standards), and variety of educational offerings, has built an alumni […]

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Student Life

Is it useful to have a master’s degree?

Dear AAPAAN Is it useful to have a master’s degree? Anonymous Dear Anonymous In general, I think that a Master’s Degree is useful for specialized professional training; for example a Masters in Business Administration.  Otherwise I have trouble seeing its incremental value. In some professional and academic fields you need to go all the way […]

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Career, Student Life

3 Soft Skills You’re Already Developing (Hopefully) as a Student

Dear AAPAAN, What are some of the non-technical skills you developed at UVA? – Anonymous Dear Anonymous, To help frame my response, I will define “non-technical” skills as those that bring you to the next level in your job, beyond those of the essential skills needed to perform at the most basic level. For me, as […]

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Career, Student Life

My family discourages me from having so many Asian friends. However, since coming to college I am basically only friends with Asians. Is this a bad thing?

Dear AAPAAN My family discourages me from having so many Asian friends. However, since coming to college I am basically only friends with Asians. Is this a bad thing? But also, how can I put myself into other communities? Anonymous Dear Anonymous I don’t think it’s a bad thing.  My phrase for this is “You do […]

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Asian Culture, Student Life