Bottom line: I hope that it was worth it!
And in some way, I am mostly talking about graduate school.
A network to all my alumni. Not just during, but also before and after.
Communication design fundamentals.
Empathy for people, particularly users.
Access to free food and drinks. Once a year.
An impression that people think that I am incredibly smart.
The ability to say, “You went to CMU? I did too!”
Nerd cred. Sometimes.
The ability to say, “Oh yeah, I got a masters.”
The reason why I hesitate to get a MFA.
A chance to understand what cold winters and humid summers really mean.
The ability to actually “grow up” and learn how to do laundry. Or how to make horrible mistakes in laundry and learn from them.
What it’s like to live in a party house with people over the age of 21. Note: Fun, but every day fun.
Learn to live in “small town” America.
Being able to say “oh yeah, I totally lived in the east coast.”
Being able to say “oh yeah, I totally lived in the midwest.”