Wednesday, November 14, 2018

How to Get into the Grad School of Your Dreams!

Hey cupcakes! As I said in my latest rant post, I recently got accepted into my master of accounting grad program. I know that some of my readers are younger than me and might be thinking about applying/going to grad school as well, so I thought I would share my tips and tricks since I just went through the application process. Let's jump right into it!

1. Have a budget in mind - I know this might sound crazy, but grad school is usually more expensive than undergrad... Having a budget in mind before you even start looking at programs might be a good idea! Especially if you are looking for out of state schools, it is nice to know upfront how much more it will cost you (and if you are able to even take out that many loans!).

2. Visiting/touring grad schools is just as important an undergrad - Your gut has a nice instinct, so trust it when you are on campus! A lot of websites can make it seem like the school is amazing, but that might not be the reality. I definitely suggest visiting where you think you want to go just to get a feel of the campus and the town/city it is located in.

3. Pick somewhere you want to end up - If you don't plan on staying in Idaho, then don't go to grad school there! You will make so many connections at the grad school you choose, so try to plan accordingly!

4. Have a strong letter of recommendation(s) - Some applications will ask for a certain person to write it, but if not, pick someone that knows all about you! While you may be tempted to have your boss or professor write it, make sure they actually know you on a professional and personal level and can write a strong letter that isn't just a paragraph long. :)

5. Consider financial aid opportunities! - When looking at schools, make sure they offer good financial aid or other ways that will help you pay for your higher education (like teaching assistant positions, research grants, etc.). Again, grad school is pricey and a school with lots of aid opportunities is definitely a win win!

6. Think outside of the box for your essays - Don't write about something boring or something typical. Let the essays reflect you and your personality (just make sure it makes sense and uses correct grammar please).

7. Have a back up plan - Apply to at least one safety school just is case :)

8. Stay positive! - Even if your test scores aren't as high as you'd like or your GPA got lowered by a difficult class, stay positive throughout your grad application process! You are AWESOME and will get into a school... If it isn't your first choice then it just wasn't meant to be <3

What are your tips for applying to grad school? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Jenna <3

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