I'm currently in my last year of university to become a high school English teacher. I have a 3.7 GPA and I'm going to be TA'ing for a class this coming semester. By the time I graduate I'll have three or so letters of recommendation – one from my academic advisor, one from the teacher I'm co-teaching with, and one from the professor I'm TA'ing for – so I feel confident. However, I'm just not sure if going to grad school is worth the time and effort. I'm already in a good amount of debt from student loans, and while I know the "right" PHD programs are usually fully funded, my masters is still going to cost a pretty penny.
Additionally, academia/college teaching is a tough job market riddled with people stuck in adjunct hell, and writing a PHD thesis is an extremely daunting task, especially because the topic I want to pursue is already looked down upon. For reference, I'm doing an honors project next semester on using video games in English classrooms, specifically games like Spiritfarer, What Remains of Edith Finch, and or Life is Strange. If I were to do grad school, I would pursue this topic as my research during that time as well. I am very passionate about using narrative games to educate students because I feel they are an incredible medium that utilizes audiovisual cues and strategies to portray powerful messages.
So, what exactly do you think this reading is telling me? Is it worth the effort and potential struggle to explore and explain my research?
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