Attention juniors, it is time for graduate school preparations to begin. Here is a list of helpful things to do during your junior year to help with the stress of graduate school shopping:
- Research schools that have a program you’re interested in.
- Update your resume and write a cover letter. Don’t forget to get at least 3 letters of recommendation.
- Narrow down the top schools. Always keep prices and location in mind. Getting in contact with an advisor and looking at program success rates are also helpful.
- Finish and refine your portfolio or writing samples.
- Find out the necessary requirements and application deadlines.
- Look for perks of location such as public transportation, cost of living and climate.
- Choose your top 3 colleges and make visiting arrangements.
- Figure out what Graduate Aptitude Test is required by the schools and testing dates such as the GRE, MCAT or LSAT.
- Obtain an internship in your specified area or make arrangements to volunteer your services in your specified area.
- Make sure the school of your choice provides health insurance or that you can obtain health insurance.
English major Caitlin Gaines is currently in her junior year and says the biggest factor for her graduate school search is her area of study, which is Folklore Studies with an emphasis in Ethnomusicology. She says that only a handful of schools offer such programs, which narrows her search immensely.