5 Things I Wish I'd Known About Grad School In Undergrad

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Aug   2011

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As early as your freshman year, you might be starting to think about law or grad school admission. You know that there’s no reason to start seriously studying for the GRE or the LSAT three or four years before graduating, but is there anything else you can do early on to make your grad school application process easier? Yep, there is! And I’m about to share some of that knowledge with you.

It’s never too early to network

Try to make a good impression on your professors from day one; you never know who is going to be a valuable connection or recommender down the road.

Explore a variety of academic disciplines

Choose cognates, minors, or electives in subjects that might be outside of your comfort zone. Graduate programs look for people who can bring a diversity of viewpoints into the classroom, and part of that is being academically adventurous.

Prestige might matter, but it’s not usually a deciding factor

The reputation of your undergraduate institution may have some influence on grad school admission, but your individual performance is a much bigger deal. Even if you didn’t get into your first-choice college, there’s still the chance that you can get into a top graduate program in a few years if you make the most of your opportunities in college.

Become a more interesting person

Whatever that means to you. Find a hobby or extracurricular pursuit that makes you happy, whether that’s volunteering at a homeless shelter, playing rugby, or performing in a comedy improv troupe. Grad schools want you to be more than just grades on a transcript, so make an effort to participate in life outside of the classroom!

Once you’ve found your outside interests or passions, try to stick with them

Long-term involvement with a club or activity makes you more likely to be knowledgeable about it, and that’s what will allow you to write a killer personal statement or give a great interview when the time comes.

Are there things about grad school admission you know that you’d like to share, or questions that you’d love to have answered? Share them in the comments!

At Grockit, we’re all about education and getting you ready to move on to the next stage in your life. But we’re not just teachers; we’re all former and/or current students, too, and we’ve got more than just test preparation tips to share with you!

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About Andrea Alexander

Andrea Alexander

Andrea Alexander is a former attorney and a current graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Information, where she is studying library and information services and information policy. She has also been teaching, tutoring, and writing content for standardized test preparation for almost ten years, most recently for the online test prep company Grockit, which focuses on making standardized test preparation affordable and accessible for students around the world. At Grockit, we’re all about education and getting you ready to move on to the next stage in your life. But we’re not just teachers; we’re all former and/or current students, too, and we’ve got more than just test preparation tips to share with you!

 
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