For some people, getting into grad school is a dream of a lifetime, but applying might be a stressful time for many. Some may be wondering if they’ll be able to get into the school or program of their choice. Others may not know if they’ll able to get in at all. This is why you have to do everything you can to make your application as attractive as possible. There are tons of ways that you can do this, thankfully. Let’s take a look at how you can increase your chances of being accepted into grad school.
Join the Right Clubs and Activities
Write the Perfect Personal Statement
If you don’t know how to write a personal statement for graduate school, SetApp has a great piece you should check out. They lay out the exact components a personal statement letter should have and what differentiates it from other types of essays. It also explains how you should research for it, and a few tips on what you should do before submitting it.
Work on Your Grades and Prepare for Admission Tests
Choose the Right Classes
You don’t want to pick classes solely so you can get admitted. You also want to take classes that will help you in your program. Make sure that you know what will be the pre-requisites, but also which classes could be useful.
We would also suggest that you look at different schools of thought and authors in your discipline. You might be able to see who you would rather work with and which school of thought certain programs or professors are leaning more towards. This will not only increase your chance of success and getting accepted, but it’ll ensure that you won’t have to step on your integrity at any point during your studies.
Cultivate Closer Relationships with Your Current Teaching Staff
Now is also the time to start cultivating a closer relationship with your teaching staff if you haven’t already. Find the professors you mesh the most with, and start paying them visits more often. Don’t talk to them only when you have a paper due or an exam. Getting closer to professors could open the door to mentoring opportunities which could benefit you for a whole lifetime.
More importantly, someone who knows you will be more willing to write a letter for you. It will sound truthful and genuine and will resonate more with the admission board than some cookie-cutter letter. Also, they might be able to give you more insight into specific schools or programs.
Use Time Off School Wisely
People who are thinking of getting into grad school right after college should also use their off-time wisely and start gaining some experience. Some people will decide to use the summer or winter break to pursue internship gigs. This is a great way to add some feathers to your cap and make your application more attractive. Not only that, but the people you work with will serve as references. If you want to find great internship opportunities, check out your college’s career center.