By Soojung Shin
Soojung Shin is a Korean high school student and the newest member of the Graduate Student Editorial Board—FM
I never pondered whether or not I wanted to go to graduate school. I was too busy keeping my grades up so that I could even set foot in the college of my choice. After I found out about the AMS student blog however, I started doing some research on graduate schools and how it varies from graduate schools in Korea. In the US, the basic qualifications for attending graduate school is to have a GRE score; but that is not a requirement in Korea. There isn’t a generalized test like the GRE so the qualifications differ depending on the graduate school you want to attend. Of course, US graduate schools also have different requirements. Moreover, you start medical school in Korea while you’re an undergraduate, but it is only available to you when you are a graduate student in the US. Despite these differences, I believe that the basic concept of graduate school is similar, if not the same, anywhere you go. I am glad to have done this research because it piqued my interest in graduate school.