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Do’s and don’ts of graduate school personal statements

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The personal statement, or statement of purpose, is perhaps the most important element of a graduate school application. What makes it somewhat elusive is that there isn’t a formula to follow: instead, applicants have considerable freedom to craft arguments, unique to their life experiences and compositional flair, for why they should be admitted to graduate school. Consequently, personal statements vary significantly. Notwithstanding, there are some general guidelines to follow and pitfalls to avoid, which I’ve divided below into “do’s” and “don’ts.” Read More

Writing samples for grad school applications

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Applying to grad school can be a tedious process with many different elements. Your application will consist of such items as your previous transcripts, GRE scores, your resume or CV, a cover letter or letter of interest or personal statement, and, for most programs, a writing sample.  A lot of applicants, even highly qualified applicants with a high GPAs and GRE test scores, do not spend the needed time nor employ the appropriate strategy when preparing their writing samples. A writing sample is an important part of the application that will demonstrate to the admissions committee your writing competency, which is a critical indicator of your future success in grad school and thus weighted heavily by the committee. Read More

Getting into grad school with low grades

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You’re not the first person to have made mistakes during your undergraduate college years. You were young! Maybe the freedom you enjoyed by moving out of your parents’ home for the first time was too much for your younger self to handle responsibly. Those were some great parties though. Now that you’re older and more responsible, you understand things more clearly. Hindsight is 20/20.

During your undergraduate studies, for whatever reason, your GPA suffered. Now, as a responsible adult with your eyes set on a graduate degree, how are you going get accepted to grad school despite your low GPA? Breaking into your undergraduate school’s records office to destroy the paper trail, or hacking into their computers is probably not the way you want to go. So what are your options? Read More