I don’t know about you, but when I see the letters “PhD” after someone’s name, I feel a slight pang of jealousy. I opted to stop at a master’s degree, but my parents would have been so proud had I continued with a doctorate. However, I realize that parental pride should not be the sole … Continue reading Is a PhD right for me?
Interviews for graduate school can be daunting, especially when the stakes are high and competition feels fierce. Remind yourself that interviewing is a two-way-street: this is also your opportunity to assess whether the program is a good fit. Proper preparation is the key to a successful interview, and here are some guidelines that should help. … Continue reading How to nail your graduate school interview
Many schools have admit days for their Master’s and PhD programs. These events are a great opportunity to learn more about the program, see the campus in person and meet faculty and current students. You will also have the chance to spend time with other students who have been admitted to the same programs as … Continue reading Why you should attend graduate school admit days
You got into your dream graduate program, but shortly after unpacking your things, that feeling of excitement leaches out of you. The first week of classes comes and goes, and you look around at a sea of unfamiliar faces, confident students strutting across campus to the library or making great strides on their lab research. … Continue reading Grad Student Imposter Syndrome
Prospective graduate students are sometimes interviewed before a final admissions decision is made, usually when the admissions committee is split on opinions. If you are invited for an interview, it may be because they want more information about something in your application package, like a low grade or a gap in your educational history. The … Continue reading The Grad School Interview: How to explain a flaw in your record