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Dear Future Graduate Student:
Thanks for taking the time to read this brochure.
When I was applying to graduate schools, there was a
lot of confusion and fear (about not getting in),
thus contributing to “walking on eggshells” and
living in worry.
FIRST, I want to tell you, do not listen to the
professionals, family members or other graduate
applicants, when it comes to applying to graduate
SECOND, Make the graduate school application process
a Fun Adventure!
THREE, When you have mastered the application
process, YOU are IN.
BEGIN DOING WORK OR VOLUNTEER WORK IN
YOUR CHOSEN FIELD OF ENDEAVOR
When the admission committees and
staff begin looking over the applications: YOU MUST
STAND OUT from other candidates.
How do you do this?
Begin in undergraduate or post-bachelor level study,
to work or volunteer in similar agencies or
businesses that mirror the graduate program.
For instance, if you want to become a physician—then
volunteer your time in an emergency room or
If you want a Ph.D. in mathematics, you may want to
volunteer tutoring community college students.
If you are going into animal or veterinary sciences,
an animal shelter or zoo may be the place to work
directly or indirectly with animals.
There is a definite pattern in doing VOLUNTEER WORK
or paid jobs that relate to the graduate program and
You will begin networking with real world people
that went to graduate school.
These are some of the people that will write you
letters of reference and get you in.
RULE NUMBER TWO
YOU DON’T NEED ALL “A” GRADES TO GET
INTO GRAD SCHOOL
Try and maintain a “B” average or
above and you can get into many competitive grad
Take graduate level courses while attending
If you have not gotten in grad school, consider
taking about 3 graduate courses, and you will prove
you can do it.
Do not listen to horror stories of those that were
RULE NUMBER THREE
GET LETTERS OF REFERENCE FROM
PROFESSORS YOU LIKE & THAT KNOW YOU
College professors like to talk and
interact with their students. After class, chat
about the material and your future goals.
Get to know all about the professor(s) and their
You don’t have to get an “A” grade in a course to
get a good letter of reference.
Just show interest and enthusiasm in taking the
RULE NUMBER FOUR
DON’T LISTEN TO OTHERS WHEN IT COMES
TO APPLYING TO GRAD SCHOOL
Parents, friends, relatives and
others may not want you to attend graduate school.
There is fear of failure, fear of success, jealousy
and many other reasons.
Follow your heart in the matter.
Remember, you can always go to graduate school next
year or change your goals. Nothing should be written
Graduate school should be fun, exciting, a challenge
and not difficult. YOU can make it difficult. Enjoy
the ride; if you get in the right school—it will be
RULE NUMBER FIVE
DO NOT SET TIME LIMITS ON GETTING THE
of the biggest problems: trying to make the degree
program go too fast.
If you are not enjoying the studies and it is all
hardship and you feel sick all the time; it may not
be the right program or career goal.
It is better to take a year off, and not rush
things. Graduate school costs a lot of money and you
will become in debt. Why waste money on a program
you don’t like?
RULE NUMBER SIX
CONSIDER PART TIME GRAD SCHOOL
When I got accepted into a grad
program, I was a part-time student and I loved it.
I could take my time, did not feel rushed and got
all “A” grades. I was in control; I was king of my
castle. I had a job and other things that made me
worry less about “failure” and “dropping out”
Many graduate schools accept older working students,
“part-time” and you will all be in the same boat.
RULE NUMBER SEVEN
HAVE A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT INTERESTS
Besides doing volunteer work and
demonstrating interest in your chosen field:
consider MANY of your interests.
IF you have not done volunteer work in your chosen
field don’t worry!
Demonstrate to the admissions committee WHAT YOU
HAVE DONE OVER THE YEARS.
If you want to be a counselor for example, stress
that you coached little league sports.
If you want to be a teacher, show the admission
committee you are good at facilitating a classroom
or group. Point out how fun it was to take a CPR
class or how you interacted with children at a local
GRADUATE STUDENTS ARE AVERAGE PEOPLE
The graduate school admission committees want to
know your COMMITMENT to the study and the work you
will do in your community.
RULE NUMBER EIGHT
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION
PROCESS SHOULD BE FUN
Please remember, you are applying to
a program and you want to show them the REAL YOU.
You should be calm and collected.
There is no room for spelling errors and bad
THEY WANT A RELAXED AND CONFIDENT STUDENT
Show them, what a PROFESSIONAL IS.
If you are not having a good time doing the graduate
school application process, YOU may not have a good
time attending graduate school.
RULE NUMBER NINE
HAVE A GREAT BACK UP PLAN
A back up plan in the back of your
mind gives you leverage. It gives you hope and
courage, when the going gets tough.
Don’t throw all your dreams away, just because you
got rejected from a particular program. Use your
brain and resources to find a better program.
Graduate school should be a leisure experience that
is educational and enjoyable.
Many students may be doing the program for the wrong
reasons, such as, “I want to make a lot of money,”
or “My parents always wanted me to be an engineer.”
One back up plan is the part-time program(s)
RULE NUMBER TEN
CONSIDER PROBATIONARY ADMISSION(S)
If things are not working out, such
as you couldn’t get the highest grades in
undergrad—since you worked full-time; or you were
raising a family:
Consider probationary admissions.
Some grad programs allow an applicant to take
several grad courses in the program of their choice
before being formally admitted. You can prove
yourself in this manner.
RULE NUMBER ELEVEN
GRADUATE SCHOOL IS NOT LIFE OR DEATH
You can now take a deep breath.
Graduate school is not hard and is not life or
death. Just take it easy and you can get in the
program of your choice.
CONGRATULATIONS! BE PROUD OF YOURSELF, YOU ARE ON
YOUR WAY TO GRAD SCHOOL!