Preparing for ‘higher higher’ education Hannah Gilham
It’s fall again andundergraduatestudents across thenation are startingto plan for theirfuture. This includespreparing for testssuch as theMCAT, LSAT and GRE.
Senior Jenny Lamphere prepares for the GRE and the LSAT exams this October to prepare her for either a law degree in international human rights or a graduate degree in international studies.
“I would say take the [MCAT prep] class [because] the test is…different. Youhave to get used to taking them, honestly my number one recommendation is take practice tests because you have to get used to taking a four-hour test; build the mental endurance and just know what you’re in for,” said Sam Brock, a biology major at the University of Denver.
Both Sam and Jenny say they spend several hours a week looking at programs on theinternet, filling out applications for graduate school and studying for the GRE, MCAT and LSAT. Both students are currently taking a full course load at the University of Denver as well.
According to FinAid.com,a website dedicated to helping collegestudents find ways to finance their education, graduate students borrow a cumulative debt of between $30,000 to $120,000.
“If one hopes to have a career in the lifesciences at least a MS degree is required. Yes, the job markets are tight, but astudent entering a life science Ph.D. graduate program in 2013 will not be on the job market until 2020 or later depending on the amount of postdoctoral training one does after completing a Ph.D.,”said biology professor Dr. Robert Dores.
Volunteering, club participation andother extracurricular activities enhanceapplication for a job or for highereducation. “For medical school, dentalschool and physician assistantprograms, do volunteer work. Medicalschools and dental schools want to seethat an applicant is willing to be engaged inhis or her community,” said Dores.
Students make use of different kinds of stress relievers to cope with preparing for the next step.
While applying for ‘higher higher’education can be stressful and time consuming, many campuses offer academic and career advising services.