Part 2 of 11 Things You Should Do to Find the Right Grad School
If you haven't read Part 1, we need you to stop and go there first.
Someone asked the question why would we give this information away for FREE?
It's an easy answer. Because we want you to make an informed decision about what to do with your future before you embark on graduate school. Here is some advice most graduate students wish they had known before they applied and started a graduate program.
11 Things You Should Do to Find the Right Graduate Program
See It for Real: If you can, visit the schools you're eyeing. Walk around campus, meet faculty, and attend info sessions to see if you'd fit right in. If not, attend the virtual events.
Location, Location, Location: Do you want to stay close to home or explore new places? Also, think about the cost of living and your lifestyle preferences.
Check for the Stamp of Approval: Ensure the program and the school are accredited. It's like a gold star that shows your degree is legit.
Show Me the Money: Look into scholarships, grants, and assistantships. These can save you a ton of cash while you study. ProFellow is the source of all things money.
Paperwork Alert: Know what you need to apply. Some programs might need standardized test scores (like GRE or GMAT), recommendation letters, and deadlines. Don't procrastinate!
Ask the Pros, Part 2: Chat with current grad students and program alums. They'll give you the real scoop on what it's like.
Let me expand on #1 and #6.
I know some of you need more resources to book a flight, hotel, rental car, bus fair, train ride, etc., to see a college campus. You will likely not do the campus tour and experience like many high school and transfer students.
Going to graduate school is more intentional than undergrad. So what can you do if you need more resources? Attending virtual events is a great way. Why? You will likely hear from the decision-making faculty, talk with prospective students, scope out the competition or future classmates, and make a first impression. Most of these events are FREE.
Before you attend, make sure you are EVENT READY. People who are EVENT READY show up with great internet connection, clothing, and questions. Please don't attend events or talk with anyone in a loud environment.
If you need help with what to ask, return to our book and pull from that list of questions.
Check the program's website to see if they share information on current students and alums. If not, LinkedIn is your friend to connect with current students and alums of the program. Both groups will be honest about their experiences with classes, faculty, classmates, funding, and overall program. You want this insight. Again, be EVENT READY.
We hope this was helpful. If you want more insight, set up a meeting here with one of our experts.