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By Admin1 (admin) (pool-151-196-48-182.balt.east.verizon.net - on Friday, January 28, 2005 - 9:33 pm: Edit Post

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I thought I had two more years before I graduated; however, things are working out so that I can graduate next spring.

So I have to make a choice on whether I go to the peace corps before or after graduate school. I'd rather do it before, but many people said I should go ahead and get graduate school over with...

I have to make this decision pretty soon considering the long application process...any insight would be extremely helpful.

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2005-01-26 14:55 (link)
do peace corps before because it could help pay for grad school.

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2005-01-26 15:17 (link)
PC before - after you are done with grad school you will have offers of jobs, possibly fellowships, etc... you don't want to take a break from that. Depending on what you wnat to do in grad school, you mkight be able to do both...

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2005-01-26 16:22 (link)
My vote is apply now, before grad school. After grad school you may get this amazing opportunity that would be ridiculous to turn down, and then what? After undergrad is the best time to go in my opinion.

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2005-01-26 16:22 (link)
Depending on what you want to go to grad school for, you can do them both at the same time. You should check that out. Otherwise I would do the pc first. You've probably been going to school w/o a break since Kindergarden...Take a break :-)

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2005-01-26 18:05 (link)
yeah, look into the Masters International program, it could be ideal. The Fellowships aren't that great unless you want to do education or environment, you can check the current ones out at the PeaceCorps.gov site. The 6000 you get at the end of PC (really only ~5 after taxes) goes quick, and doesn't help much towards grad school.

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2005-01-26 16:45 (link)
i say peace corps before. it's absolutely possible that what you want to do in life will change completely after your two years of service. You may find a new direction-- say, environmental work or working with NGO's. I say do it later; the PC has a list of grad schools who offer free or reduced tuition in certain programs.

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2005-01-26 18:21 (link)
you don't actually have to make your mind up right now. the peace corps application is not binding, you can drop out of the process at any time, and that does not hinder any future prospects you may have with them. i applied to grad schools and pc at the same time, and discovered i was much more excited about the pc and that would probably be a better choice for me right now. and, if you're worried a/b wasting money on grad school applications, a lot of schools will let you defer for up to three years if you are accepted.

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2005-01-26 23:24 (link)
Absolutely before - just in the process of going through my PC app process and checking out different schools in the Fellows/USA program I've narrowed down my grad school interests - imagine when I get back! Plus, the list keeps getting longer - in 3 years there may be many more schools with many more programs who will give you a break on tuition.
Good luck!

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2005-01-26 23:59 (link)
I am currently applying to both grad school and the PC. I checked with grad school about deferring for 2 years and they said that was fine because my time in the PC will just augment my experience that I'll apply to grad school and afterwards (I'm going into teaching). I've been hoping the reajustment allowance will go towards the cost of grad school, but I'll probably end up just spending it on travel after I serve. Lol!

Anyway, I'm going to need to get financial aid to pay for grad school, and then have to pay that off afterwards, so I think it's better to do the PC first.

Well, that's my 2 cents. Good Luck!

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By Your full name (cpe0080c6fd5deb-cm001225003be8.cpe.net.cable.rogers.com - on Wednesday, February 02, 2005 - 11:20 pm: Edit Post

Peace Corps has nothing to offer other than the experience of working overseas. I'd wait. I think that the State Department is changing in a way not liked by most countries. Blogs were popular and I'd recommend some information. If you cannot get information before becomming a Federal Employee, I'd skip the service until you have political connections.

By Anonymous (fl-esr1-72-49-150-221.fuse.net - on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 10:04 pm: Edit Post


I'm hoping to enter into the Peace Corp. I thought I was at the end of the application process but because I had a DUI about 6years ago I have to be interviewed by a drug/alcohol counselor. Does anyone know what I should expect?


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