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To Go or Not to Go.

More students are delaying graduate school for time in the working world, according to a recent report from the Council of Graduate Schools. U.S. News & World Report's 2000 edition of Best Graduate Schools explores this trend and offers advice on how to effectively spend the time off.

Potential graduate students delay their schooling for a variety of reasons, including "the lure of the paycheck, a case of wanderlust or burnout," says an article in the guidebook.

The delay shouldn't hurt admission prospects and may even improve them, especially in business and nursing schools where work experience often is a requirement, the article says. "This assumes, of course that you don't idle away the year studying reruns of The Simpsons in your parents' basement." Admissions officers will want to know what you did with your time off, so spend it well, the article advises prospective students.

For more information visit the U.S News graduate school page at www.usnews.com.
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