Do you think the Virginia Tech shootings will affect 2008 graduate school enrollment?
I am currently a junior in college...I will be apply to graduate programs next fall. Virginia Tech was one of the schools I was looking at...
But now, I'm not so sure. I think I would break down just walking on campus. I am still considering it, because it is a good program. But if I can barely focus when I wasn't even there...do you think my graduate performance would be affected?
With the typical media hype that follows such a tragic event, people are stressed and they make definitive statements about changing their lives or routines--but get a few weeks down the road and things settle down and routines are back in place. Those directly impacted by the event obviously and sadly have a tougher time of reclaiming "normal" but even when tragedy strikes life goes on.
So will people avoid applying to college? No. Will Viriginia Tech specifically have a drop in enrollment and applications for awhile? Possibly.
But look at it this way. You drive to the mall near your home and one day the traffic is backed up because there was a horrible accident at the intersection going into the mall and people were killed. Will you stop going to the mall? No. Will you think about this the next few times you go there? Probably.
If Virginia Tech was a great school for the program you want to study, it still is a great school for the program. That is what you should focus upon. Rather than wallowing in the tragedy, honor a commitment to education and growth. That's what the victims were doing. Striving to improve yourself and give yourself an education so you can have a positive impact on the world is the best thing you can do now, just as it was the best thing you could do a couple days ago.