Saturday, 2 October 2010

Applying for Grad School is like Taking a Course...



I have come to the conclusion that applying for graduate school (well, I speak for Psychology, anyway) is like taking a course in university. There is just so much work to do!


You have to first decide which university you want to apply to, and then decide which program and professor and/or lab within that university you want to apply to. Then you have to figure out the requirements of that university, program, specific lab/professor. Then you have to figure out if that professor is accepting students for that year.



Then you have to write your GREs (Graduate Record Examinations), then you have to write your Statement of Interest, then you have to find 2 (or 3 or 4) current professors and/or professional referees (depending on the program you're applying for) who would write you good recommendation letters and whom you have to follow up on as a reminder, because they have to send those letters in signed and sealed.

Then you apply for scholarships which means you want to make sure you have good research experience and background...



My goodness! No wonder people say you have to think about graduate school very early on! How are you supposed to do all this when you have only a few months before you graduate? You can't gain much research experience in a couple of months, for starters.



So, people, plan...Plan WAY ahead...

Boy, am I suddenly glad I am not planning to go to grad school immediately after graduation...I'm only doing half the workload (to know what I am in for when I do apply) and already I feel all-a-flutter...



2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tak payah pergi grad school macam saya. Ha ha ha. Joking ya. Pergi kalau ada potensi.

whre4arthou said...

Heh.. my references took 1 month to arrive!

But it is all worth it.. am having much fun in school!

Hugs!! MISS YOU!