What No One Told Me About Grad School: Setbacks Aren't Always Bad

Posted by Kristin on 7/30/18 6:08 PM

I tell this story because it seems to be the most encouraging thing I tell aspiring or freshly minted graduate students.

The summer before my senior year of undergrad, I was accepted to the MIT Summer Research Program. I had an amazing experience, met incredible people, and gained a lot of confidence in my abilities. But in the midst of the program, I had a crisis akin to what many grad students will experience in their careers.

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What No One Told Me About Grad School Programs: Long Distance Means Far Away

Posted by Kristin on 7/13/18 6:48 PM

To say that I underestimated moving across the United States is an understatement.

I grew up in a small-ish town in Southern California and went to college a short 50-minute drive away. I thought this meant that I had “moved out,” like a real adult. But I would soon learn that going to your childhood home every other weekend to do laundry doesn’t count.

Like most Californians, I was certain that I was never leaving California. I planned to go to grad school programs somewhere close, but not too close, like San Diego or Los Angeles. I wasn’t even letting my imagination venture as far as Davis or Berkeley. It’s almost endearing to look back at how naïve I was.

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How to Prepare for Dental School: Prerequisites & the DAT

Posted by Aida on 12/18/17 5:52 PM

Congratulations! You have successfully identified that you want to join the exciting field of dentistry and begin preparing for dental school. You will be joining a community of healthcare professionals that care about their community’s oral health and general well-being. It’s truly a rewarding career that will offer your many opportunities to grow a as a professional and as an individual.

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What to expect during interview weekend for PhD Biomedical programs

Posted by Anita on 11/13/17 5:44 PM

Congratulations! If you have been selected to interview at a Biomedical PhD program (e.g. Biology, Neuroscience, Biophysics) that means you were selected from a pile of hundreds of applicants. The program is willing to fly you in for interview weekend and take the time to show off its program and city. Let that act as a confidence booster, but you still have to survive interviews!

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Tags: biology, graduate admissions

The 3 Essential Steps to Finding the Right Graduate School

Posted by Hannah on 4/17/17 6:54 PM

I always knew I wanted to get a graduate degree. At first, I thought I might want to be a lawyer. I studied for the LSAT, applied to Law schools, and got in. After some thinking, I decided I didn’t want to be a lawyer. Then, I thought I might want to be an academic. This was a deeper desire, one I had always considered throughout college. I studied for the GRE, interviewed with schools, and ended up getting acceptances to several Master’s programs. I decided, again, that none of this was for me.  I finally ended up at Wharton, pursuing an MBA.

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Graduate School: How to Get the Best Financial Aid Package Possible

Posted by Andrew S. on 4/12/17 1:52 PM

We’ve all been there. After months of anticipation, we get the letter, either digitally or via “snail mail”, that will dictate the course of our lives for the next 1,2, 4 or in some cases (e.g. doctoral programs) 10 years. Sure, getting through all the applications, soliciting letters of recommendation, and polishing our statements of purpose like our lives depended on them was nerve-wracking enough. And now, everything has come to a head: “We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted…” 

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Doing Summer Research to Boost Your Ph.D. Application

Posted by Sandra Jones on 1/20/16 3:52 PM


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If you’re interested in applying to Ph.D. programs, you should most definitely plan to do summer research. Even if you’re involved in research at your home institution during the academic year, use the summer as an opportunity to explore a new topic, work in a different lab environment, or learn a new technique. Summer research programs exist across all fields of research from the humanities to the life sciences ranging from 8 – 12 weeks. Here are 5 reasons why you should take advantage of them.

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How You Should Be Asking For a Letter of Recommendation

Posted by Nikita Saxena on 10/26/15 12:10 PM

 Asking the right people is crucial!

For many students looking to apply to medical school, asking for a letter of recommendation can feel pretty daunting, especially if you’re requesting it from people whom you may not have seen for a couple of years. And since you often don’t get to see your letters before submission, this is the part of your application that is least in your control. I remember wondering who the best people to write my letters were, especially coming from an engineering major with not too many ‘traditional’ pre-med biology courses. In this post, I’ll suggest some tips for navigating the recommendation letter process!

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Tags: admissions coaching, graduate admissions

Application Consulting: In Praise of Messy Drafts

Posted by Megan Formato on 12/8/14 9:00 AM

 
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Application Consulting: Unlocking the Grad School Personal Statement

Posted by Rebecca Kastleman on 9/24/14 10:39 AM

I often work with application consulting clients for graduate and professional school who report that they hate writing. “It’s like pulling teeth!” they tell me. “I can’t make myself sit down and work on my personal statement, and I don’t even know why it’s so hard.” If you’re one of the many applicants to graduate and professional school who finds writing your personal statement to be perplexingly difficult, you’re in good company. Many of the world’s most brilliant thinkers have invented their own tricks to manage the strenuous process of writing. Here’s Slavoj Žižek* on his personal method:

 

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