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Steps to take to get in graduate school.

Steps to take to get in graduate school.

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    • Sign a Big League Contract:Graduate School
    • How to know ifGraduate School is for You? Graduate School is for individuals who have a clear direction towards a specific career path If you want to be a professor, lawyer, doctor or psychologist If you want to gain expertise in a specific subject or field If you want to maximize your future earnings and create opportunities for career advancement Attend the SFC Graduate School Fair to become aware of various programs and to also gain valuable information from university representatives
    • How To Pick a Graduate School Make sure you mean the minimum admission requirements  GPA, credits, certifications, etc. Decide if the program offers everything you want  Faculty to student ratio, what experience does the faculty have, program reputation, are internships, research, comp exams, thesis required Research how successful the alumni of the program are and try to discover what was their experience like Learn about the Financial Aid that will be available to you including scholarships, graduate assistantships, grants, fellowships etc.
    • Graduate School Fairs Be prepared before the fair  Research the programs and create a list of which tables you want to stop by in order of preference Arrive early so that you can coordinate your route and know where every school’s table is located Come with a list of questions concerning the program, campus, faculty, application requirements, etc. that you can ask the college representative Ask the representative for his/her card  This is a good networking technique and will also allow you to have a contact within the program in case you have further questions
    • Application Requirements Official Transcript  Can be obtained at the Registrar Exam Scores  Research what entry exams are required for the program Portfolio  A portfolio may be required to showcase your work Essays and Personal Statements  Your Personal Statement will demonstrate your writing skills while also aligning your interests and experiences with what the program will offer
    • Letters of Recommendation• Take time to ask Educators or Administrators you closely worked with through the years to write you a Letter of Recommendation at least 6-8 weeks in advance of the letter being due• Create a list of your personal achievements, accomplishments and hurdles you have overcome in your life that the individual can refer to when writing the letter• Refrain from providing letters of recommendation from relatives, family members or people that don’t know you well
    • The Interview Some Graduate School programs require in-person or group interviews before a final decision Utilize the Mock Interview services provided by the Career Center to help you prepare Be sure to have possible answers prepared for when the interviewer asks you what you can offer their program, why you selected their establishment and what you hope to do with your graduate degree
    • Graduate School Tips If you think you may be interested in Graduate School as an underclassmen, be sure to do all things possible to maintain a high GPA Begin the application process early- this will give you an advantage to other applicants Figure out what entrance exams are needed to apply and begin to study and prepare early on Apply to several schools- at least 5-7
    • Graduate School Timeline Sophomore Year  Discuss your interest for graduate school with a faculty member or career counselor  Become involved in extracurricular activities on campus Junior Year  Begin researching your field of choice  Gain experience in this field through internships or part- time work  Meet with a career counselor to discuss the programs you wish to pursue  Register and prepare for the graduate admission exam that matches the program’s requirement
    • Graduate School Timeline (cont.) Junior/Senior Year (Summer)  Study and sign up for graduate school admission tests  Visit schools and request applications  Begin to work on required essays and your personal statement Senior Year  Request and college letters of recommendation and official transcripts  Take the graduate school admission test  Have your essay reviewed by a career counselor  Mail completed application package before the deadline Senior Year (Spring)  Visit schools you have been accepted to  Apply for assistantships/fellowship positions  Notify all accepted schools and references of your final decision
    • Now Are You Ready?
    • Q & A? Career Center 718-489-5360careercenter@sfc.edu www.sfc.edu
    • Sign a Big League Contract:Graduate School