By Donald Martin, Author of Road Map for Graduate Study
- Is this what YOU really want to do? If so, as much as you can, follow your own time frame and path.
- Do not be someone you are not. It will catch up with you in the end.
- Consider rankings, but do not focus on them as the only criteria to determine your list of options or the order of that list.
- Take word of mouth for what it is – word of mouth.
- Do your homework. Be prepared. Follow directions. Answer every question.
- Remember: The evaluation process is a two-way street. As you are evaluating the institutions you are interested in, they are evaluating you. Many times the application process can be a study in human nature, for better or worse.
- Make sure you send application materials to the right institution.
- Be calm, assertive, and genuine.
- Be appreciative. Say thank you. Smile.
- Remember: In the end your success is due to YOU, not to where you studied.
For 7 ways to get positively noticed as an applicant, 7 deadly sins for applicants, responding to the notification decision, and much more, go to Dr. Martin’s website and review his book Road Map for Graduate Study: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students. The website address is www.gradschoolroadmap.com.