Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog » Grad School Admissions http://blog.accepted.com Admissions consulting and application advice Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:34:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Admissions consulting and application advice Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog no Admissions consulting and application advice Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog » Grad School Admissions http://blog.accepted.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://blog.accepted.com/category/grad-school-admissions/ Writing About Your Experiences Abroad http://blog.accepted.com/2014/09/22/writing-about-your-experiences-abroad/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/09/22/writing-about-your-experiences-abroad/#respond Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:25:17 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25755 ]]>
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Ensure that your study abroad experience serves a role other than window-dressing.

You’ve done it – you studied, worked, or volunteered abroad and now you want to include part of this in your personal statement. Maybe you want to show that you’ve experienced a different culture or that you’ve managed to go outside of your comfort zone. Maybe you’ve had interesting experiences – met people, climbed mountains, or lived without air-conditioning. Or maybe you had the opportunity to help people who genuinely needed it.

But, at this point, you’ve also realized that many other applicants have similar experiences, and you are right. While the experience may have been transformative for you, requiring you to learn how to operate without your usual safety net in a foreign environment, you need to ensure that your study abroad experience serves a role in your essay as something other than window-dressing.

There’s an Onion article which jokes that someone’s short work experience in Africa allowed her to post a better Facebook photo, and, without the proper analysis, descriptions of abroad experiences can feel the same way in an admissions essay. Often, I read essays with lush descriptions of exotic scenery and people who speak different languages, yet you the writer – the most important person – stays the same. Without showing admissions committees why a study abroad experience was transformative, these types of stories simply blend together and give the impression that you were there simply to add another notch to your resume.

So, what should you do? Studying abroad can be a pivotal moment in your personal journey, but a personal statement needs to explain exactly why. If, indeed, gaining experience with other cultures was important to you at that stage, what exactly did you learn? It can’t be enough to just give a story about someone you met while traveling, you have to explain why that person changed you. An admissions committee member once told me that it mattered less what an applicant’s experience was, what mattered was how she talked about it. Even the most seemingly dull experience can be transformative to someone who is really paying attention.

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Harvard’s School of Public Health Receives $350 Million Gift from Hong Kong Group http://blog.accepted.com/2014/09/21/harvards-school-of-public-health-receives-350-million-gift-from-hong-kong-group/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/09/21/harvards-school-of-public-health-receives-350-million-gift-from-hong-kong-group/#respond Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:01:52 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25712 ]]> Applying to med school? Download your free copy of Navigate the Med School Maze!On Monday, Harvard announced the largest gift in its history, $350 million to the School of Public Health from the Morningside Foundation, a Hong Kong group run by two Hong Kong brothers, Ronnie and Gerald Chan. The school will be renamed for T. H. Chan, the brothers’ father. (Gerald Chan earned degrees from the School of Public Health in the 1970s – a master’s in medical radiological physics and a doctorate in radiation biology.)

This will be the seventh largest donation ever made to an American institution of higher education.

According to Harvard officials, this gift will be used in the following four areas: pandemics (like cancer and obesity); failing health systems; poverty and humanitarian crises; and harmful environments (like pollution or violence). The Ebola outbreak, for example, would hit three of four areas – it’s a pandemic that relates to poverty and highlights a significant health system problem.

Harvard’s president, Drew Gilpin Faust, says that the gift will give students more financial aid and enable the school to expand its programs. “It’s always been, as the whole field always is, under-resourced,” she said. “It’s overwhelmingly dependent on money from federal grants that are under threat….We’re all realizing how important public health is as we become more global and diseases are shared across boundaries.”

For more info, please check out http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2014/09/largest-gift-to-harvard/.

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Choosing Graduate Programs to Apply to http://blog.accepted.com/2014/09/16/choosing-graduate-programs-to-apply-to/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/09/16/choosing-graduate-programs-to-apply-to/#respond Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:58:44 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25338 ]]> Download your free copy of Get Your Game On: Prepping for your Grad school Application“Choosing Graduate Programs to Apply to” is excerpted from the Accepted.com special report, Get Your Game On: Prepping for Your Grad School Application. To download the entire free special report, click here.

As you bring your interests into focus, start to create a list of target programs. Many factors will influence your decision-making process. Here are some things to think about:

• Do you have geographical considerations? (Do you need to be near family, or in a certain city where a spouse works?)

• What are the strengths of the programs that interest you? If you’re looking to work in industry, does the program offer networking/internships/career placement? If you’re considering a PhD, is the program strong in your subfield?

• If you’re planning to apply for a PhD program, is there a faculty member in the department who is doing work in your area of interest, or who could serve as your mentor/research supervisor?

• How many students does the program accept each year? (Some doctoral programs enroll as few as 3-4 students annually, so know that even if your credentials are stellar, you should have more than one plan!)

• Is there funding available?

• For PhD programs: Does the university publish the average time-to-degree of students in the program? (This is sometimes rather different from the stated program length you’ll find in the program catalog.)

• Are there opportunities to work as a teaching or research assistant? If grad students in the department are expected to teach, is there a mentoring program in place? How many semesters do students TA?

• If you’re hoping to work as an academic, inform yourself about the structure/expectations of your discipline. Do the programs you’re looking at have a strong record of placing their PhDs in post-docs and tenure track positions? (Do the professors you’re thinking about working with have such a record?)

• If you have a good relationship with a current or past faculty mentor, ask for advice about programs and potential grad advisers you should consider.

In the next post, I’ll address how to develop a concrete description of your research interests.

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Rebecca Blustein By , Accepted.com editor and former Student Affairs Officer at UCLA’s Scholarship Resource Center, and author of Financing Your Future: Winning Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards for Grad School. Rebecca will be happy to assist you with your grad school applications.

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How to Deal with Deadlines http://blog.accepted.com/2014/09/14/how-to-deal-with-deadlines/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/09/14/how-to-deal-with-deadlines/#respond Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:07:10 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25510 ]]> Dealing with Deadlines

You don’t want to feel rushed and you don’t want to miss your deadline.

You don’t want to feel rushed (stress can lead to mistakes) and you don’t want to miss your deadline. So what can you do to stay on top of your game and submit your applications before the buzzer?

1. Set yourself a schedule and work backwards from your deadlines. Allow time for holidays, sleep, exercise, and of course work.

2. Focus first on the applications with the earliest deadlines. It wouldn’t make sense to work on the application with the further deadline first when you have a looming deadline for another application right around the corner!

3. Work on applications one at a time. Adapt essays from your first application, when possible, to later applications. However never merely paste in an essay because the question is similar. Customize it for this application and this program. Trying to write more than one application at once will only lead to confusion, not to mention unintentional overlapping of material – forgetting to change just one Harvard to Stanford shows a level of sloppiness that Stanford just won’t stand for!

4. If you fall behind, consider dropping/postponing an application to maintain quality overall. Pushing off an application to a subsequent round or the following year is better than submitting a subpar application.

Good luck!

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Princeton University Master in Finance: Is It Right for You, and Are You Right for Princeton? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/09/11/princeton-university-master-in-finance-is-it-right-for-you-and-are-you-right-for-princeton/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/09/11/princeton-university-master-in-finance-is-it-right-for-you-and-are-you-right-for-princeton/#respond Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:36:33 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25572 ]]> Click here to listen to our recent podcast episode, Masters in Finance: What You Need to Know!

So what’s the ticket to heaven?

Being amazing is just a qualification for the Princeton University Master in Finance program. But if you qualify, get admitted (about 30 out of 600 applicants do), and choose to attend (about 25 out of that 30), I believe you enter heaven.

 • All your classmates are not just extremely bright and passionate about finance; they also represent experience from across the industry – and they are chosen in part because they can communicate their insights from that experience.

• There is 100% recruitment for summer internships at the most desirable institutions, and almost 100% post-graduation employment (2014). These internships/jobs span the globe—Mexico City, Singapore, Hong Kong, London, and various cities in the US as well as NYC.

• A curriculum that is intensive and deep; following the core you can either develop your own study program or pursue 1of 3 course tracks: Financial Engineering and Risk Management, Quantitative Asset Management and Macroeconomic Forecasting, and Financial Technologies.

• Career “boot camps” where alumni, industry experts, and academics help you formulate a career path that is meaningful to you and productively employs your skills, talents, interests.

• World-renowned faculty (think Alan Blinder, Paul Krugman) from multiple disciplines who don’t just teach sophisticated skills but who engage passionately in ideas, thereby helping you become a thought leader in the field.

So what’s the ticket to heaven?

Academics – A high GPA and a transcript that reflects a strong quantitative component – many applicants have degrees in subjects such as mathematics, economics, and engineering, but it is not required and they have admitted people from a range of disciplines (though there are certain math requirements). A grad degree is “a plus but not required.”

Standardized tests – Both GMAT and GRE are accepted; the median quant GRE score is 167 and the average quant GMAT score is 49.5. That said, a high quant score doesn’t make up for weak quant coursework. If your undergrad school was not taught in English (or if it was taught in English in a non-English speaking country), either the TOEFL or IELTS is also required.

Interviews are by invitation only, and selected applicants will be notified. Others are discouraged from seeking interviews.

Experience – Professional experience is not required; however the adcom wants to see some practical industry exposure via internships at least – they note that potential employers look for this experience. So the program is open to new graduates who have had an internship or two – but make sure you have something substantive to say based on your experience; your competition will.

Qualitative factors – You may be surprised that in the adcom’s eyes it is the qualitative factors that “set applicants apart”! The adcom specifically looks for strong communication ability, expecting its students to contribute within a highly intelligent cohort and to become leaders in the industry. More than anything, it seeks passion for finance. Even if you’re a quant geek, don’t think there’s a formula for this passion – it must be expressed through application contents holistically. The adcom members will know it when they see it.

Finally, be sure this is the right degree for you. As the website states, it’s not the right program for people pursuing corporate finance or investment bank M&A; but the MiF “is becoming the preferred degree in the trading and asset management areas of the I-bank.”

 Click here for the lowdown on one of the most up and coming specialized masters programs in the business world.

Cindy Tokumitsu By , author and co-author of numerous ebooks, articles, and special reports, including Why MBA and Best MBA Programs: A Guide to Selecting the Right One. Cindy has advised hundreds of successful applicants in her fifteen years with Accepted.com.

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Vault’s 2015 Banking Rankings http://blog.accepted.com/2014/09/09/vaults-2015-banking-rankings/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/09/09/vaults-2015-banking-rankings/#respond Tue, 09 Sep 2014 17:07:53 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25575 ]]> The following banks were rated based on the issues that matter to bankers: prestige, hours, compensation, work-life balance, firm culture, overall satisfaction, business outlook, and other “quality of life” categories. For each of these parameters, other than prestige, the banking professionals rated their own place of work. They rated other intuitions and not their own for prestige.

And here are the rankings!

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Vault Bank Rankings 2015

(See the full rankings here.)

Here are some highlights from the rankings:

• Goldman Sachs ranks in 1st place for prestige, but for quality of life issues, specifically hours and work-life balance, it ranks in 15th place. Blackstone, on the other hand, ranked in the top 5 for each of the quality of life categories.

• Overall, work-life balance ratings are on the rise within these top companies, as are diversity ratings.

• Two years ago, J.P. Morgan ranked in 1st place; this year they’ve dropped to 4th place.

• Big jumpers include Moelis & Company (23rd last year to 12th this year) and UBS AG (26th last year to 19th this year), as well as Canaccord Genuity and Guggenheim Securities, LLC which both made it to top 25 (17th and 24th place respectively) this year and were not ranked at all last year.

• For more analysis, please see “Vault’s 2015 Banking Rankings are Live.”

Source: Vault Banking Rankings

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Should You Apply to Graduate School? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/09/09/should-you-apply-to-grad-school/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/09/09/should-you-apply-to-grad-school/#respond Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:51:21 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25330 ]]> Click here to download your complete copy of Get Your Game On: Prepping for Your Grad School Application!

“Is this degree for me?”

“Should You Apply to Graduate School?” is excerpted from the Accepted.com special report, Get Your Game On: Prepping for Your Grad School Application. To download the entire free special report, click here

It’s not too early to start training for next year’s application marathon. If you’re considering a Master’s or PhD program, you can reduce stress later by putting in some serious mind work up front—now, before you start the actual application process.

The first question you need to ask, and it’s a big one, is: “Is this degree for me?”

How can you evaluate whether a degree program is for you? First, ask yourself why you want to go to grad school. Is it because you need a particular credential to pursue (or advance in) your chosen career? Is it because you envision a career in research (whether in academia or industry) and this program is the way to gain those advanced skills? Or is it because you’ve been in school all along and aren’t sure what else to do? Is your reason simply that grad school feels like the “next step” you ought to take? Can you think ahead to your longer term goals? Be honest with yourself, and if your reasons for pursuing advanced study don’t ultimately seem compelling—in other words, if graduate study would just be a time-filler or a way of putting off thinking about your goals–you might want to reconsider.

If you have clear post-graduate goals, think critically about the financial impact of your decision. We’ve posted on the Accepted.com blog some discussion about the advisability of grad school in the Humanities; while that’s not a topic we’ll get into here, if your goal is to be a professor, you’ll probably want to take into account the health of the academic job market in your chosen field.

Now is also the time to make an honest evaluation of your credentials and preparation. Do you have the training you need to begin a grad program in your field, or will you need to shore up your skills in certain areas (such as languages or statistics) before applying?

As for deciding whether to pursue a PhD versus a Master’s degree: Are you the kind of person who thrives in the environment you’ll likely encounter in a PhD program? That is, do you enjoy research, and do you work well on your own? Are you organized and self-motivated? Are you prepared for the number of years that PhD study entails? Do your long-term goals require a PhD?

In the next post I’ll discuss how to focus your school search­­­­­­­­­­­­. What makes a program right for you?

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Admissions Offers to International Grad Students Increase 9% Since 2013 http://blog.accepted.com/2014/09/02/admissions-offers-to-international-grad-students-increase-9-since-2013/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/09/02/admissions-offers-to-international-grad-students-increase-9-since-2013/#respond Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:10:32 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25428 ]]> Will you be studying abroad? Click here for some important information!

9% increase in grad school offers to international students

For the fourth year in a row, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) reported a 9% increase in graduate school offers to international students. Here are some highlights from the recent report (Findings from the 2014 CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey, Phase II: Final Applications and Initial Offers of Admission):

• There were fewer applications submitted by Chinese applicants in 2014 than in 2013, and no increase in acceptances, ending an eight-year streak of growth. Even with this decrease, Chinese students still make up the largest group of international representatives at U.S. graduate schools, at 37%.

• In India, there was an increase in the number of applications sent to U.S. graduate schools, and a 25% increase in initial admission offers. This follows a 27% increase the year before (2013).

• There was also an increase in offers to prospective students in Brazil (a 98% increase this year, after a 46% increase in 2013). Brazilian students still only make up 1% of the total number of offers to international students, even with this huge increase.

• Other regions with growth in offers of graduate school admission over the last year include Europe (2%), Africa (3%), Canada (4%), and the Middle East (9).

• Regions that experienced declines in offers include Mexico (-1%), Taiwan (-6%), and South Korea (-9%).

• The fields of study that saw the largest increase in initial offers of admission in 2014 were physical/earth sciences (13%), engineering (11%), “other” (7%), business (6%), social sciences/psychology (6%), life sciences (6%), arts/humanities (5%), and education (1%).

• Prospective international students received an increase in offers of admission in the following regions of the U.S. (from 2013-2014): the Midwest (12%), the West (9%), the South (9%), and the Northeast (8%).

According to Suzanne Ortega, CGS President, “American graduate schools continue to attract students from around the world. We should be excited about the fact that new growth is emerging from a host of different regions and nations. International students are important to the U.S. economy because our workforce will continue to face shortages of graduate-level talent over the next decade. To support our economic competitiveness, we should make it easier – for international graduates who wish to do so – to remain and work in the U.S. after completing their degrees.”

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Financial Aid and Health Insurance for International Students http://blog.accepted.com/2014/08/28/financial-aid-and-health-insurance-for-international-students/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/08/28/financial-aid-and-health-insurance-for-international-students/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:17:16 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25295 ]]> Listen to the interview!If you are one of the adventurous souls planning on leaving your comfort zone to study abroad, we’d like to introduce you to a treasure trove of invaluable resources.

Listen to the recording of our conversation with Ross Mason, VP of Envisage International for important tips and information about international student loans, health insurance, and other topics that matter to you.

00:03:31 – Envisage: Helping international students.

00:06:02 – How Ross got involved and what’s changed in past decade plus.

00:10:08 – Advice for a US resident applying to school abroad.

00:14:00 – Advice for a non-US resident applying to school in the United States.

00:19:42 – Health insurance for a US student accepted to an international school.

00:22:48 – What a non-US resident accepted to an US school needs to know about health insurance.

00:24:43 – Finding insurance: where to turn.

00:25:51 – What else is out there for students going abroad?

00:28:00 – Top advice for an international student preparing to go to school out of the country.

Listen to the full conversation to learn more!

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•  US School Insurance Requirements
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• International Students and the Individual Mandate Under PPACA
• The Affordable Care Act and J1 Participants in Non-Student Categories

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http://blog.accepted.com/2014/08/28/financial-aid-and-health-insurance-for-international-students/feed/ 1 Financial Aid,international student,podcast If you are one of the adventurous souls planning on leaving your comfort zone to study abroad, we’d like to introduce you to a treasure trove of invaluable resources. - Listen to the recording of our conversation with Ross Mason, If you are one of the adventurous souls planning on leaving your comfort zone to study abroad, we’d like to introduce you to a treasure trove of invaluable resources. Listen to the recording of our conversation with Ross Mason, VP of Envisage International for important tips and information about international student loans, health insurance, and other topics that matter to you. 00:03:31 – Envisage: Helping international students. 00:06:02 – How Ross got involved and what’s changed in past decade plus. 00:10:08 – Advice for a US resident applying to school abroad. 00:14:00 – Advice for a non-US resident applying to school in the United States. 00:19:42 – Health insurance for a US student accepted to an international school. 00:22:48 – What a non-US resident accepted to an US school needs to know about health insurance. 00:24:43 – Finding insurance: where to turn. 00:25:51 – What else is out there for students going abroad? 00:28:00 – Top advice for an international student preparing to go to school out of the country. *Theme music is courtesy of podcastthemes.com. Related Links: •  International Student Loan •  Financial Aid for International Students in the USA •  International Financial Aid Resources •  IEFA: International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search •  International Student Insurance Plans (Country pages on the bottom right) •  US School Insurance Requirements •  International Student Insurance Explained •  International Student & Study Abroad Resource Center • International Students and the Individual Mandate Under PPACA • The Affordable Care Act and J1 Participants in Non-Student Categories Related Shows: • Global Business Leadership at Wharton’s Lauder Institute • Non-Academic Careers for PhDs: A Talk with Dr. Paula Chambers • CommonBond’s Story: A Revolution in Student Loans • Is a PhD a Good Idea? • An Inside Look at INSEAD • Leadership is King: Interview with IMD’s Lisa Piguet • Interview with SoFi Co-Founder, Daniel Macklin Subscribe to Admissions Straight Talk:       Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog no 34:11
Timing & Funding for Grad School Applicants http://blog.accepted.com/2014/08/26/timing-funding-for-grad-school-applicants/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/08/26/timing-funding-for-grad-school-applicants/#respond Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:41:39 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=25110 ]]> Dealing with Deadlines

Allow plenty of time and make checklists with dates.

If you’re applying for graduate admission and hope to receive funding, it is particularly important to pay attention to deadlines—your school’s deadlines for admission and aid consideration, any additional deadlines for scholarship materials, and any deadlines for funding from private sources or outside agencies.

Here are some things you should keep in mind:

1. Some programs that have rolling admissions will post an earlier deadline for full financial aid/scholarship consideration. Similarly, many programs with spring semester admission will only consider funding applications for fall admission—so make sure you take all deadlines into account if funding is important to you.

2. Take your tests (GRE, TOEFL, etc) with enough time for your scores to be processed and sent to your schools before the deadline. If you take a paper test, allow 6 weeks for delivery. For computer-based tests, 3 weeks is a safe guideline.

3. Allow plenty of time for your recommenders to submit their letters—and follow up to make sure all docs have been submitted and received. A polite thank you note, before your deadline, can serve as a gentle reminder to a busy recommender.

4. To qualify for need-based aid and federal student loans, file your FAFSA on time. States may have their own deadlines [fafsa.ed.gov].

5. If you are an international student, contact the financial aid office at your university for the appropriate forms to demonstrate financial aid eligibility. International students are not eligible for US federal student aid and do not use the FAFSA.

6. Many states have extended some financial aid eligibility and in-state tuition to undocumented students who meet certain requirements (see for example CA’s AB 540). If this is your situation, make sure you file the necessary paperwork before enrolling.

7. For each application you are working on—whether it’s for admission, scholarship funding, etc—make a checklist, with dates. Keep track of everything that you need to submit (transcripts, resume, letters of rec, essays, test scores), and when you have requested and/or uploaded each item.

Funding for graduate school may include scholarships, grants, loans, assistantships (such as teaching or research assistantships), fee remissions, or any combination of the above. While PhD programs often fund most or all of their students, it can be harder for Master’s students (or students in professional degree programs) to find funding. Do your research, and look for funding opportunities both at your university and through outside sources. Good luck!

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Rebecca Blustein By , Accepted.com editor and former Student Affairs Officer at UCLA’s Scholarship Resource Center, and author of Financing Your Future: Winning Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards for Grad School. Rebecca will be happy to assist you with your grad school applications.

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6 Tips for Getting Started on Your Application Essays http://blog.accepted.com/2014/08/10/6-tips-for-getting-started-on-your-application-essays-2/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/08/10/6-tips-for-getting-started-on-your-application-essays-2/#comments Sun, 10 Aug 2014 16:35:11 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=24494 ]]> Sit down, think, and start writing!

Sit down, think, and start writing!

Sometimes the hardest part of writing a personal statement or application essay for college or grad school is finding the discipline to sit down and focus. Often, once you accomplish that, the ideas begin to form and the words begin to flow. The following 6 tips will help motivate you to start writing, and then to continue writing until you’ve got some solid material for a compelling essay.

1. Words beget more words. Here’s an important concept to think about when it comes to getting started – one word leads to another. Once you BEGIN writing, your brain will begin to generate ideas that will inspire you to CONTINUE writing. So even if you don’t think you have anything to say, just sit down and write whatever comes to mind. Set a timer for 10 minutes and don’t stop writing until the timer dings. I guarantee that when the buzzer goes off, SOME idea will have surfaced.

2. Write now, edit later. Do NOT get bogged down in the editorial details of your essay during the early writing stages. Now is the time to simply get your ideas out on paper (or computer screen). Write as you think – in fragments, in run-on sentences, or in vivid descriptions of images as they pass before your mind’s eye. Work on making them sound good later on.

3. Use details. During the brainstorming phase of your writing, as well as later on when you’re clarifying your work, you’re going to want to include details that will engage your reader. Think about what attracts someone to a good book – is it boring summaries and abstractions, or a few descriptions of people and places or specific dialog?

4. Include meaning. Description is key, but if you don’t internalize (and then show that you’ve internalized) the MEANING of the scene you’ve described, then the adcoms won’t care much about it. What do your experiences say about YOU?

5. Prove impact. Now that you’ve expressed what your experiences say about your qualifications or characteristics, it’s time to explain how those traits and strengths will contribute to your class. You’ve proven that you are a leader; how do you plan on using those skills?

6. Have faith.
 Maybe you’ve hit a wall and feel like you’ll never spin your ideas into a coherent essay. Have faith – the writing process takes time. Take a break and then return to your computer with a clear mind and a positive attitude to begin the brainstorming process from scratch.

Now, sit down, think, and start writing! Good luck!

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Career Direction: It’s Ok to Love Your Job! http://blog.accepted.com/2014/07/31/career-direction-its-ok-to-love-your-job/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/07/31/career-direction-its-ok-to-love-your-job/#respond Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:12:46 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=24502 ]]> Click here to listen to the show!Don’t want to wake up at age 45 wondering why you’ve wasted your life pursuing an uninspiring and meaningless career?

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00:04:34 – The anatomy of bad advice (and some good advice to counter it).

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What Score Do You Need on the TOEFL? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/07/29/what-score-do-you-need-on-the-toefl/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/07/29/what-score-do-you-need-on-the-toefl/#respond Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:58:27 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=24479 ]]> If you’re an international student applying to the U.S., you’ve probably asked yourself this question: what TOEFL score do I need to get in? You might have heard that making it to the 100’s will guarantee you admission, but you’ve also had friends who reached that score and were turned down from schools. Confused yet? We’d be too!

But before you give up hope, our friends at Magoosh TOEFL have good news for you! They’ve just released a new infographic that shows what TOEFL sores you’ll need to get into top graduate schools in the U.S. It’s based off their research on the minimum scores required at top schools as well as what other students at those schools score on average. That means you now have a place to start and a goal to aim for when you decide to take the TOEFL. Cue sigh of relief!

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Meet the Guy Who Passed 60 out of 61 Case Interviews (You Can Too!) http://blog.accepted.com/2014/07/24/meet-the-guy-who-passed-60-out-of-61-case-interviews-you-can-too/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/07/24/meet-the-guy-who-passed-60-out-of-61-case-interviews-you-can-too/#respond Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:07:02 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=24405 ]]> No time like the present to revisit one of our most popular admissions episodes of all time!

If you missed it the first time around, stop whatever you are doing and listen to our interview with Victor Cheng, former consultant and interviewer at McKinsey and author of Case Interview Secrets.

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UNC Kenan-Flagler Announces New Online Master of Accounting Program http://blog.accepted.com/2014/07/22/unc-kenan-flagler-announces-new-online-master-of-accounting-program/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/07/22/unc-kenan-flagler-announces-new-online-master-of-accounting-program/#respond Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:13:34 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=24324 ]]> Fore more info about UNC Kenan-Flagler click here!

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UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School just announced its plan to launch Accounting@UNC, an online version of its top-ranked Master of Accounting (MAC) Program. The 15-month online MAC program, which will commence July 2015, will use the same faculty and career placement approach, as well as the same admissions standards and curriculum, as the 12-month residential MAC program. Included in the 15 months is a three-month internship and a number of face-to-face immersion phases, including orientation, recruitment, and leadership development.

“With a long tradition of excellence in accounting education and one of the very best accounting departments in the world, UNC Kenan-Flagler is uniquely positioned to offer the premier online MAC program,” said UNC Kenan-Flagler dean, Douglas A. Shackelford. “Demand for hiring our MAC graduates has never been stronger, with 98 percent having accepted employment offers by graduation. Historically, firms have wanted to hire more of our graduates, but space constraints prevented us from increasing the program’s size. Technology now lets us increase access to a UNC education for even more talented people and meet the demand from companies who want to hire them.”

And according to Jana Raedy, associate dean of the MAC Program, the masters in accounting isn’t just for business majors. “History and English majors, please apply. We value liberal arts education and it benefits our graduates’ long-term career success as they move into positions of leadership,” said Raedy.

UNC Kenan-Flagler already has a successful track record when it comes to online degree programs, in particular with its MBA@UNC program which launched in 2011 with 19 students and currently has 550 enrolled students.

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The Biggest Application Essay Mistake [Video] http://blog.accepted.com/2014/07/15/the-biggest-application-essay-mistake-video/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/07/15/the-biggest-application-essay-mistake-video/#respond Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:54:20 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=24261 ]]> What is the very worst thing you could possibly do in your application essays? Watch Linda’s answer and add your own comments below:

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3 Days Left to Save 10% on Law, Grad, and MBA Services! http://blog.accepted.com/2014/07/13/3-days-left-to-save-10-of-law-grad-and-mba-services/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/07/13/3-days-left-to-save-10-of-law-grad-and-mba-services/#respond Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:51:57 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=23745 ]]> Three Days Left to Save! Click here to check out our services!

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Masters in Finance: What You Need to Know http://blog.accepted.com/2014/07/10/masters-in-finance-what-you-need-to-know/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/07/10/masters-in-finance-what-you-need-to-know/#respond Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:20:07 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=24175 ]]> Listen to the interview!The Masters in Finance degree is one of the most up and coming specialized masters programs in the business world.

Listen to the recording of our conversation with Anthony DeAngelis, owner and founder of Masters in Finance HQ, for the low-down on his company, the MSF degree, and the world of finance.

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00:23:47 – Guidelines for the MSF vs. MBA vs. Financial Engineering Degree decision.

00:27:58 –Financial services are rebounding. What does the future hold?

00:34:56 – What’s changed the most at MSFHQ.

00:36:45 – Advice for people considering the MSF.

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Happy July 4th! http://blog.accepted.com/2014/07/04/happy-july-4th/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/07/04/happy-july-4th/#respond Fri, 04 Jul 2014 15:34:08 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=24047 ]]> Happy July 4th from Linda Abraham and the Accetped Team!

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Summer Savings Continue – Only 2 More Weeks to Save 10% http://blog.accepted.com/2014/07/01/summer-savings-continue-only-2-more-weeks-to-save-10/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/07/01/summer-savings-continue-only-2-more-weeks-to-save-10/#respond Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:18:25 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=23741 ]]> Just two weeks left to take advantage of our sizzling summer sale!

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Save 10%. Get Accepted. Smile. http://blog.accepted.com/2014/06/17/save-10-get-accepted-smile/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/06/17/save-10-get-accepted-smile/#respond Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:50:19 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=23665 ]]> summer sale

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What is Accepted? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/06/10/what-is-accepted/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/06/10/what-is-accepted/#respond Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:12:05 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=23547 ]]> So, what does Accepted actually do? Here is the short answer:

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How to Become a Management Consultant http://blog.accepted.com/2014/05/29/how-to-become-a-management-consultant/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/05/29/how-to-become-a-management-consultant/#respond Thu, 29 May 2014 14:24:43 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=23387 ]]> IV with Michael BorickiConsulting is one of the hottest destinations for b-school graduates and is becoming increasingly popular for PhD and grad students.  If you dream of McKinsey, Bain, and BCG, then this show is for you.

Listen to the recording of our conversation with Michael Boricki, Managing Partner at Firmsconsulting, for the lowdown on this very unique firm and excellent advice for consulting hopefuls.

00:02:18 – A consultant’s journey.

00:05:20 – Michael’s definition of “ethical behavior.”

00:07:06 – What makes Firmsconsulting different.

00:09:03 – The (very cool) services and application process.

00:13:53 – Case interview coaching and the secret to Firmsconsulting’s success.

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00:33:22 – What a first year MBA should do (and NOT do) to prepare for a consulting job.

00:36:14 – $300,000 for a McKinsey interview: Do you need to go to HBS, Wharton or INSEAD to land a top consulting job?

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Which Graduate Schools Should You Apply To? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/05/15/which-graduate-schools-should-you-apply-to/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/05/15/which-graduate-schools-should-you-apply-to/#respond Thu, 15 May 2014 14:27:44 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=23038 ]]> Click here to listen to the show!Listen to the recording of Linda Abraham’s latest podcast to learn the 4-step formula for a successful graduate school application process.

00:01:17 – The secret to acceptance: applying to the right schools.

00:04:54 – Begin with the end in mind: determining your post-degree professional goal.

00:16:02 – How to analyze your goals.

00:17:02 – Researching schools: what to look for and how to find it.

00:25:47 – Evaluating your qualifications: what schools want to see.

00:33:13 – Where it all comes together: choosing the right schools to apply to.

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http://blog.accepted.com/2014/05/15/which-graduate-schools-should-you-apply-to/feed/ 0 podcast Listen to the recording of Linda Abraham’s latest podcast to learn the 4-step formula for a successful graduate school application process. 00:01:17 – The secret to acceptance: applying to the right schools. Listen to the recording of Linda Abraham’s latest podcast to learn the 4-step formula for a successful graduate school application process. 00:01:17 – The secret to acceptance: applying to the right schools. 00:04:54 – Begin with the end in mind: determining your post-degree professional goal. 00:16:02 – How to analyze your goals. 00:17:02 – Researching schools: what to look for and how to find it. 00:25:47 – Evaluating your qualifications: what schools want to see. 00:33:13 – Where it all comes together: choosing the right schools to apply to. *Theme music is courtesy of podcastthemes.com. Related Links: • That GMAT Score: Implications for Your MBA Application • Ask the Experts: Medical School Admissions Q&A • The Secret to MBA Acceptance • Where Does Wall St. Hire: U.S. B-Schools Sending Grads into Financial Services • Consulting at Top MBA Programs • Top MBA Programs for Entrepreneurs Related Shows: • Dr. Douglas Stayman Shares the Scoop on Cornell Tech NYC  • Med School Application Process: AMCAS, Secondaries, Interviews, Decisions & More! • Non-Academic Careers for PhDs: A Talk with Dr. Paula Chambers • How to Edit Your Application Essays Subscribe to Admissions Straight Talk:       Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog no 38:18
Writing About Overcoming Obstacles in Your Application Essays http://blog.accepted.com/2014/05/14/writing-about-overcoming-obstacles-in-your-application-essays/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/05/14/writing-about-overcoming-obstacles-in-your-application-essays/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 19:18:27 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=23029 ]]> What does the adcom actually want to know about the challenges you’ve overcome? In this short video, Linda Abraham shares the answer to this often-asked question:

Do you have questions about addressing obstacles you’ve overcome in your application essays? Leave a comment below and we would love to help you out.

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Goal Setting, Job Searching, and Sweet Careers http://blog.accepted.com/2014/05/08/goal-setting-job-searching-and-sweet-careers/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/05/08/goal-setting-job-searching-and-sweet-careers/#respond Thu, 08 May 2014 18:53:12 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=22969 ]]> Grace_KutneyJob searchers, tune in! We’d like to introduce you to the woman who wants to help you refine your goals and figure out a meaningful career path.

Listen to the recording of our conversation with Grace Kutney, founder and principle of Sweet Careers Consulting for some excellent advice and a run-down on the current state of career-searching.

00:02:59 – How Grace fell in love with career advising & started Sweet Careers.

00:08:37 – The importance of having a goal (and of being able to change it).

00:17:05 – The move toward unpaid internships: :-D  or :-( ?

00:19:43 – Advice for international students & immigrants.

00:25:23 – How social media can harm or help your job search.

00:31:39 – Why and when Grace posts job listings.

00:34:04 – Is there still a place for face-to-face networking?

Listen to the full conversation to learn more!

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http://blog.accepted.com/2014/05/08/goal-setting-job-searching-and-sweet-careers/feed/ 0 Job Search,podcast,resume Job searchers, tune in! We’d like to introduce you to the woman who wants to help you refine your goals and figure out a meaningful career path. - Listen to the recording of our conversation with Grace Kutney, Job searchers, tune in! We’d like to introduce you to the woman who wants to help you refine your goals and figure out a meaningful career path. Listen to the recording of our conversation with Grace Kutney, founder and principle of Sweet Careers Consulting for some excellent advice and a run-down on the current state of career-searching. 00:02:59 – How Grace fell in love with career advising & started Sweet Careers. 00:08:37 – The importance of having a goal (and of being able to change it). 00:17:05 – The move toward unpaid internships: :-D  or :-( ? 00:19:43 – Advice for international students & immigrants. 00:25:23 – How social media can harm or help your job search. 00:31:39 – Why and when Grace posts job listings. 00:34:04 – Is there still a place for face-to-face networking? *Theme music is courtesy of podcastthemes.com. Related Links: • Sweet Careers • Accepted.com • Accepted Admissions Blog Related Shows: • Interview with Anna Runyan of Classy Career Girl • Interview with Mark Babbitt of YouTern  • MBA Project Search: Matchmaking for MBAs and Businesses  • Business, Law and Beyond: An Interview with John Engelman  Subscribe to Admissions Straight Talk:       Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog no 43:42
Why You Don’t Need a Perfect GRE Score http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/25/why-you-dont-need-a-perfect-gre-score/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/25/why-you-dont-need-a-perfect-gre-score/#respond Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:57:32 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=22648 ]]> Are you considering grad school and wondering where to start?

Anyone up for a climb?

Few things have the cachet of a perfect GRE score. Climbing Mt. Everest, and a perfect GMAT score come to mind. All amazing feats, ones in which you may be tempted to rest on your laurels. Yet, that perfect GRE score won’t open the door to every graduate program. Conversely, a score in the 330+ range can only help to get you into a top program (there is no attendant shame in falling short of perfection, as when you turn around thirty feet short of Everest’s summit).

What are schools actually looking for

Schools want a well-rounded candidate, one who has a strong GPA, excellent letters of recommendation, relevant work in the field (published papers don’t hurt!) and of course a competitive GRE score. Spending an extra month of study just so you make sure you can nail a perfect 170 on both the GRE math and the GRE verbal section takes away time that you could be working on other elements of your transcript. Again, being well-rounded trumps getting a perfect GRE score.

Average scores per programs

It may surprise you to learn that the average GRE scores for Ivy League schools are not all in the stratosphere. For instance, the average GRE quant score for Harvard engineers is 159. That means there are some Harvard bound engineers who are scoring near 150. Meanwhile, there is some math whiz with a perfect 170 on the math section who is not going to Harvard.

Does the same apply for the GMAT

For many b-school bound students, there is a raging debate: GMAT vs. GRE. If you fall into this camp, I want to make sure not to mislead you. In other words, don’t think that a perfect GMAT score can do what a perfect GRE score can’t—get you into the school of your choice. As coveted as that GMAT 800 may be, it by no means guarantees a one-way ticket to Yale or Wharton. Indeed, each year Stanford apparently turns away candidates with perfect GMAT scores.

Now that you know you don’t have to aim for a perfect score, only a very good one, you can give yourself a little bit of wiggle room. Faced with a tough triple-blank Text Completion that you just can’t wrap your head around? Guess and move on. There won’t be too many of these, and you’ll be able to relax, knowing that you don’t have to achieve perfection—just get pretty close.

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magooshThis post was written by Chris Lele, resident GRE expert at Magoosh, a leader in GRE prep. For help with GRE vocabulary, check out our free flashcards and Vocab Wednesday videos on the Magoosh GRE Blog.

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Is a PhD a Good Idea? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/24/is-a-phd-a-good-idea/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/24/is-a-phd-a-good-idea/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:17:31 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=22681 ]]> Listen to the full recording of our conversation with Karen Kelsky!If you dream of living the rest of your life in the world of academia, this podcast is for you.

Listen to the recording of our conversation with Dr. Karen Kelsky, founder and consultant at The Professor is In for some important insights into the very hot topic: Is a PhD a good path?

Warning: you may not like what you hear.

00:02:47 – The mission of The Professor Is In.

00:03:55 – How to hack the academic job search (and why you need to hack it in the first place).

00:05:55 – How a traumatic first job-market experience created an ongoing obsession.

00:08:24 – Karen’s response to the comment: “Not sure the PhD is good for most students’ goals anymore.”

00:13:36 – Why are people still pursuing PhDs?

00:16:18 – Advice for students who are already in PhD programs.

00:22:06 – The non-academic track: Don’t let shame corrupt your thinking process.

00:33:25 – Industries hiring non-academic PhDs.

00:42:47 – What an applicant can do before starting a PhD program to better position themselves for careers.

Listen to the full conversation to learn more!

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http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/24/is-a-phd-a-good-idea/feed/ 2 PhD,podcast If you dream of living the rest of your life in the world of academia, this podcast is for you. - Listen to the recording of our conversation with Dr. Karen Kelsky, founder and consultant at The Professor is In for some important insights into the ver... If you dream of living the rest of your life in the world of academia, this podcast is for you. Listen to the recording of our conversation with Dr. Karen Kelsky, founder and consultant at The Professor is In for some important insights into the very hot topic: Is a PhD a good path? Warning: you may not like what you hear. 00:02:47 – The mission of The Professor Is In. 00:03:55 – How to hack the academic job search (and why you need to hack it in the first place). 00:05:55 – How a traumatic first job-market experience created an ongoing obsession. 00:08:24 – Karen’s response to the comment: “Not sure the PhD is good for most students’ goals anymore.” 00:13:36 – Why are people still pursuing PhDs? 00:16:18 – Advice for students who are already in PhD programs. 00:22:06 – The non-academic track: Don’t let shame corrupt your thinking process. 00:33:25 – Industries hiring non-academic PhDs. 00:42:47 – What an applicant can do before starting a PhD program to better position themselves for careers. *Theme music is courtesy of podcastthemes.com. Related Links: • Choosing a Ph.D. Program: 3 Tips • Plotting Your Way to a PhD: 6 Topics in PhD Admissions • The Professor is In • Should You Go to Graduate School? •  Get Your Game On: Prepping for Your Grad School Application • STEM PhD Job Market is Down Related Shows: • Kisses of Death for your Grad School Application • Non-Academic Careers for PhDs: A Talk with Dr. Paula Chambers Subscribe to Admissions Straight Talk:       Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog no 49:00
4 New Ways to Display Teamwork in Application Essays http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/23/4-new-ways-to-display-teamwork-in-mba-essays-2/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/23/4-new-ways-to-display-teamwork-in-mba-essays-2/#respond Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:25:04 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=22038 ]]> How should you convey to the adcom your ability to motivate, persuade, and empower?Teamwork, and its close cousin, leadership, are highly prized by graduate programs and universities. Haven’t worked in teams on any regular basis? Don’t worry! There are more ways than you may realize to prove your chops in this area. Consider the following 4 options:

1. No Man is an Island

Unless you’ve been living alone on an island for the last several years, you have undoubtedly participated in various groups. You may have been a member of a sports team or dance troupe, a member of a committee on either a volunteer or workplace basis, helped to organize an event, planned a triathlon, or been a tutor, Big Brother, or Big Sister. In each case, you were working with other people, even if it was only one other person, and had opportunities to display teamwork.

2. Put Your Listening Ears On

Teamwork and collaboration involve effective listening, so if you can discuss a time when you took the time to listen to others, patiently and skillfully, and how doing so eased tensions and increased collaboration, that will demonstrate your teamwork abilities.

3. Boosting Morale and Conflict Resolution

Talk about the steps you took to improve morale or motivate. If you helped to generate enthusiasm for a project when enthusiasm was flagging, or brainstormed an idea to strengthen a group or project, that’s also teamwork. If you were a member of a committee and figured out a way for two warring members of the committee to stop fighting and start working together, that would also constitute teamwork. Any time you took the initiative to get involved with other people (especially when they are difficult!) to find a better way to get things done, find a middle ground, brainstorm a new idea, it’s all teamwork.

4. Think Small

Effective teamwork can also be shown in very small groups. A client once wrote about her efforts to heal a serious rift in her family after her father passed away and siblings fought for control of the successful family business. An ugly succession fight was underway. The client’s ability to patiently coax cooperation in such an emotionally charged environment, including her “shuttle diplomacy” and active listening among family members, displayed skilled teamwork and leadership. Another client wrote about having organized a trip with a few friends, and how she dealt with a dispute between two of the participants whose bickering threatened to ruin the trip for everyone. Her effective listening, and creatively figuring out an activity that both of the “combatants” would not be able to resist, helped defuse the situation and save the trip from descending into a hellish situation for everyone. In both these situations, the “teams” were small but the stakes for those involved were high.

So do not feel stymied when asked for examples of how you have displayed teamwork – as you now see, you’ve been working in teams more often than you realize!

Learn everything you need to know about how to tackle the tricky leadership questions that the adcoms love to throw into applications and interviews.

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Emlyon Launches New MSc in Luxury Management & Marketing http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/18/emlyon-launches-new-msc-in-luxury-management-marketing/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/18/emlyon-launches-new-msc-in-luxury-management-marketing/#respond Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:35:31 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=22123 ]]> Emlyon Business School (formerly École de management de Lyon) just announced the launch of its new pre-experience Masters in Luxury Management and Marketing, a program designed to prepare students for an international management career in the luxury industry.

The 16-month program, which will be run in collaboration with the London College of Fashion, will offer maximum exposure to the world of luxury goods and manufacturing. Classes are held on three continents; students will participate in an internship anywhere in the world.

This looks like a great way to acquire marketable skills while having a blast in Lyon, London, and Shanghai! See more info here.

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Can I Use Humor In My Application Essays? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/08/can-i-use-humor-in-my-application-essays/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/08/can-i-use-humor-in-my-application-essays/#respond Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:15:32 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=22027 ]]> Want to let your funny side show in your application essays? Here is what Linda Abraham has to say about humor in admissions:

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Get a GRIP on Team Questions http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/06/get-a-grip-on-team-questions/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/06/get-a-grip-on-team-questions/#respond Sun, 06 Apr 2014 14:39:52 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21917 ]]> Learn 4 tips for displaying teamwork in your application essays.

Remember that a tight GRIP = a tight team

I took away a lot of wonderful concepts, frameworks and strategies from my MBA education that led to a successful admission career. In fact, one of the most powerful lessons I learned at Michigan (now Ross) was how to lead and work effectively on teams.

Professor Noel Tichy, one of the gurus of Organizational Behavior and Leadership offered us a simple acronym that has stuck with me to this day: GRIP.  His theory was as follows:  if everyone on the team works toward a common goal that each individual fully understands and to which he/she commits; and everyone on the team understands and has the skills to carry out his/her roles and responsibilities; and everyone on the team shares information in a way that is productive; and the team has agreed to a process by which they will accomplish the goal, then the team will be effective.  In fact, our teams would periodically do a GRIP check to make certain that our GOALS, ROLES, INFORMATION and PROCESS would align to keep the projects moving forward.  When a team has only one GRIP element out of place, the team will be dysfunctional.

I use this framework with my clients when they need to describe their own teams’ successes or failures.  It helps them pinpoint what really happened to the team and not point fingers at an individual that may not have carried or had the skills to carry his/her weight because the “R” was out of alignment.  It helps them understand that by not having a process “P” in place, misunderstandings may occur.  It helps them understand the importance of working towards a common goal.  And it helps them understand the importance of transparent and effective communication “I”.

So when you are asked about teamwork, remember that a tight GRIP = a tight team and I will remember to thank Dr. Tichy for his wisdom and insight and for telling me to get a GRIP on my team.  Thank you Dr. Tichy.

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Obtaining Graduate Assistantships http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/04/graduate-assistantships/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/04/graduate-assistantships/#respond Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:50:25 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21974 ]]> @TNicole84 asks us for advice on obtaining graduate assistantships. Here’s information and a few application tips:

Check out our PhD Admissions 101 Page!

Need help funding your graduate education?

Assistantships are a way of funding your graduate education. They are more often awarded to PhD students than to master’s students (though a department may sometimes have funding available for exceptional master’s students). You may be awarded a Teaching Assistantship (meaning you help teach a class, teach a section of a larger class, teach a lab, or the like—responsibilities vary by institution); or a Research Assistantship (meaning you work with faculty to support their research—your responsibilities will depend on your field).

Most PhD programs will evaluate your application for funding (including assistantships, fellowships, etc) when they admit you, based on the same materials you submitted with your application for admission. Most universities also require that you file a financial aid application (including the FAFSA, if you are eligible for federal aid), so that they can also determine your financial need. Check the requirements for each university you’re applying to.

Some universities offer “named” fellowships/assistantships through campus research centers or interdisciplinary teaching centers—these programs are likely to have independent application processes. Research your options carefully and make sure you get all your application materials in on time.

If you’ve been admitted for a PhD and your department has not offered you funding (in the form of assistantships/fellowships), contact the department to ask whether students are able to apply for assistantships in other (allied) departments. For instance, the university might offer graduate teaching assistantships for interdisciplinary general education courses, and positions might become available late in the year. If you’re in English, perhaps the Composition department needs additional TAs. Find out what materials you need to submit (normally your CV, LORs, occasionally the application you submitted for admission).

If you’re applying for a TAship independently of your admission application, use your CV to highlight any previous teaching experience. In your cover letter, explain why pedagogy is important to you and why you see teaching as an important part of your academic training (and career). If you’re applying outside of your home department, make sure you can demonstrate you have the skills to do the job (for instance, if you’re an Applied Math student, can you also TA Physics? If you’re a Comparative Literature student, can you TA German?).

In addition, you can often supplement your primary funding with work as a grader or reader during exam periods.

Helpful resources on campus will include your home department, the office of graduate studies, and the financial aid office.

Good luck!

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Rebecca Blustein By , Accepted.com editor and former Student Affairs Officer at UCLA’s Scholarship Resource Center, and author of Financing Your Future: Winning Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards for Grad School. Rebecca will be happy to assist you with your grad school applications.

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GMAT, GRE, SAT, and All Things Test Prep http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/03/gmat-gre-sat-and-all-things-test-prep/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/03/gmat-gre-sat-and-all-things-test-prep/#respond Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:39:11 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21977 ]]> Bhavin-1-closeup-500x500GMAT, GRE, SAT… If one of these tests graces your future, tune in to our interview with Bhavin Parikh, CEO and founder of Magoosh, the leading online test prep company.

Listen to the recording of our conversation with Bhavin for great test prep advice and the lowdown on Magoosh.

00:02:17 – The story behind Magoosh and a word about it’s future.

00:04:10 – Why Bhavin is on a “mission to change the way people learn.”

00:06:09 – More effective than traditional test-prep: How do you know?

00:07:44 – What makes Magoosh different.

00:11:39 – The risks of self-study (Magoosh is like a gym membership).

00:14:24 – Best GMAT (and GRE) prep tips.

00:18:29 – The million dollar question: GMAT or GRE?

00:22:15 – SAT changes ahead.

00:25:43 – The Hansoo Lee Fellowship for Haas entrepreneurs.

00:27:58 – Bhavin’s stand on the debate about the value of the MBA to entrepreneurs.

00:30:18 – Last pieces of advice for applicants.

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Choosing Among Multiple Offers http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/01/choosing-among-multiple-offers/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/04/01/choosing-among-multiple-offers/#respond Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:48:33 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21922 ]]> Preparing to apply for a PhD? Check out our PhD Admissions 101 Page.

Which program most closely matches your interests?

Whether you’re applying for a Master’s or a PhD, entering April with multiple offers in hand is a terrific position to be in. Now you need to evaluate which program is the very best one for your needs. Here are some important things to think about as you make your choice:

Location: Can you see yourself living in the city/region where the university is located—either for 1-2 years for a master’s, or up to 6 (or more) for a PhD? Do you have family or friends in the area where the school is located? Do you have a spouse who will need to find work in the area? Consider the practical and emotional aspects of choosing a place to live.

Reputation: Is one of the departments a better match in terms of its reputation in your field of interest? (Note: this doesn’t necessarily correspond with rankings!)

Fit: Go back to the notes you made when you were selecting schools to apply to. (If you didn’t make careful notes then, now’s the time.) Which program has the best opportunities for you, in terms of curriculum, research opportunities, etc? Which program most closely matches your interests?

Research: This applies mainly to PhD students. Who will be your research supervisor? Have you had the chance to meet or correspond with potential supervisors at the programs you’re choosing from (or their current students)? Your undergraduate adviser is also a helpful resource, if s/he knows the field well. You want to do your best to choose a program where you will have great mentoring and research supervision.

Funding: This is of more significance for PhD students, since PhD programs are often fully funded, while fewer MA/MS programs offer funding. Which program offered you the best/most attractive funding package? How do the packages compare in terms of their composition (fellowships vs assistantships)? How many years is funding guaranteed for, and is summer funding available?

Cost of living: Related to both funding and location is the cost of living. In some parts of the country, a graduate stipend might be plenty to live on, while in very expensive markets, you may need to consider loans (or additional employment) to cover living expenses.

Evaluating multiple attractive offers is an enviable position to be in! We wish you the best as you make your choice.

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Rebecca Blustein By , Accepted.com editor and former Student Affairs Officer at UCLA’s Scholarship Resource Center, and author of Financing Your Future: Winning Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards for Grad School. Rebecca will be happy to assist you with your grad school applications.

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CommonBond Offers New Refinancing Program for Grads http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/30/commonbond-offers-new-refinancing-program-for-grads/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/30/commonbond-offers-new-refinancing-program-for-grads/#respond Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:20:23 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21746 ]]> CommonBond just released its new Grad Refinance Loan™, available to law school, med school, engineering, and b-school graduates.

With the new refinancing program, borrowers will receive:

•  Low fixed rates for 10- and 15-year loans.

•  A single monthly bill after the consolidation of multiple loans.

•  Personalized service from the CommonBond team.

Do you want to learn more about CommonBond and how they can help you pay for grad school? Check out our recent podcast, CommonBond’s Story: A Revolution in Student Loans, in which Wharton grads and co-founders of this student loan financing startup share excellent advice on how you can finance your education.

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GRE vs GMAT [Infographic!] http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/30/gre-vs-gmat-infographic/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/30/gre-vs-gmat-infographic/#respond Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:12:39 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21784 ]]> Magoosh just released an excellent new GRE vs. GMAT Infographic that presents a side-by-side comparison of the GRE and the GMAT. Check it out, share it, and decide which test is right for your b-school applications!

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PhD Waitlist — Is There Anything You Can Do? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/28/phd-waitlist-is-there-anything-you-can-do/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/28/phd-waitlist-is-there-anything-you-can-do/#respond Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:38:31 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21854 ]]> 6 tips for waitlisted applicants

A frustrating place to be!

@JoifulJoi posted the question on Twitter that inspired this post. Thanks for the great question and congrats on the interview invitation.

Anyone who’s been on one can tell you that the waitlist can be a frustrating place to be! On the other hand, the fact that the committee has waitlisted you shows that you’re very close to the top of their rankings. If you’ve been waitlisted by a PhD program, what should you know, and what can you do?

The short answer is: not very much, other than be patient. But there are some important things to consider and be aware of.

Do you want to stay on a PhD waitlist?

First, consider whether you want to stay on the waitlist. Do you have other offers? Is this your top choice school? Is it the only school you were waitlisted at (with rejections everywhere else)? If you definitely want to stay on the waitlist, look carefully at the correspondence you received from the program and see whether there’s anything you need to do or to let them know: do you need to confirm you want to remain on the waitlist? If so, you can take that as an opportunity to briefly affirm your interest in their program. Most PhD programs aren’t interested in having a lot of contact from you, and you don’t want to turn them off—so don’t send them unsolicited materials. (Conversely, if they ask for updates, by all means supply them!)

The PhD Notification Timeline

Second, understand the timeline you’re dealing with. For most US PhD programs, April 15 is their notification/enrollment date. Schools require a commitment from admitted students by the April 15 deadline, in order to fill their classes by that date. If there’s movement off the waitlist, you can expect to hear something as April 15 approaches (and even slightly afterward).

If you’ve received notification that you’re on a waitlist, you’re dealing with a program that is at least being transparent about its waitlisting procedures. You could be on a waitlist and not even know it. Most programs start letting admitted (and rejected) students know their status in late February or early March—but as I said, the process lasts until mid-April. Many schools will rank candidates below their “admit” list, but not send a notification unless a space opens up—in other words, you might not hear anything at all from the school until they determine, in April, whether they have space for you. (Talk about frustrating!) Schools that do this will send their final rejection notifications in April, too.

If you’re on the waitlist and you haven’t heard anything as April 15 approaches, you can consider contacting the admissions chair to ask what your rank is on the waitlist—that will give you a clearer picture of whether you have a realistic chance.

Financial Implications of the PhD waitlist

Third, consider whether there would be any financial aid/funding implications to being admitted to a program late (if you do decide to remain on the waitlist and are admitted). Some programs may have distributed all of their fellowship funds early, to students at the top of their list.

Unfortunately, the waitlist does involve some patience—but the fact that you’re waitlisted at a very competitive program does mean that your application is strong. Good luck!

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Rebecca Blustein By , Accepted.com editor and former Student Affairs Officer at UCLA’s Scholarship Resource Center, and author of Financing Your Future: Winning Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards for Grad School. Rebecca will be happy to assist you with your grad school applications.

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5 Million to Share: The 43North Competition http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/20/5-million-to-share-the-43north-competition/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/20/5-million-to-share-the-43north-competition/#respond Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:48:23 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21705 ]]> Want to know more? Listen to the full episode!Do you have a great business idea but need 1 million dollars to get yourself started? Meet Peter Burakowski, Senior Marketing Manager at 43North.

Listen to the recording of our fascinating conversation with Peter to find out why 43North is going to give away $5 million dollars to eleven promising entrepreneurs and what you need to do if you want to be one of the winners.

00:01:43 – About 43North (and why you really want to win).

00:10:06 – Who can apply.

00:11:21 – Why retail and hospitality are excluded.

00:12:25 – The 43North application process.

00:14:30 – What are the judges looking for?

00:16:33 – Setting up shop in Buffalo.

00: 21:49 – How many applicants are vying for the gold?

00:23:37 – About the judges. (Will you be one of them?)

00:27:32 – Mentorship and community.

00:31:03 – A lot more than a t-shirt: what happens to the semi-finalists.

Listen to the full conversation to learn more!

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Relevant Links:

•  43North
•  Which Universities Contribute the Most to VC-Backed Entrepreneurship?
•  MBA Admissions Special Reports
•  Grad School Admissions Special Reports
•  Med School Admissions Special Reports
•  Law School Admissions Special Reports

Related Shows:

•  MBAs Across America: The Coolest HBS Internship
•  Which Schools are Good for PE/VC and VC-Backed Entrepreneurship
•  Business, Law and Beyond: An Interview with John Engelman
•  Dr. Douglas Stayman Shares the Scoop on Cornell Tech NYC
•  Jeff Reid on Entrepreneurship
•  CommonBond’s Story: A Revolution in Student Loans

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Can You Get Accepted After Doing Something Stupid? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/16/can-you-get-accepted-after-doing-something-stupid/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/16/can-you-get-accepted-after-doing-something-stupid/#comments Sun, 16 Mar 2014 14:50:02 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21603 ]]> Check out our MBA Admissions 101 Pages!

Don’t try to hide a conviction.

The point of this article is not to tell you that you shouldn’t engage in disorderly conduct, petty theft, or other minor (or major) infractions (though you really shouldn’t…); what we want to discuss here is how you should overcome the obstacle of a criminal record when approached with the application question: “Have you ever been convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain.”

If you did something stupid, something deserving of a conviction or suspension, how do you prove to an admissions committee that you are worthy of their acceptance?

First, don’t try to hide a conviction. Clients often ask me if they really need to bring up their troubled past, and I tell them they do. Admissions committees (and the firms they hire) conduct background checks on applicants, and an unexplained discrepancy gives them an easy reason to reject your application or withdraw an offer of admission, so, when asked, own up to your behavior on your application.

Don’t make excuses. The biggest struggle I face when helping troubled clients is getting them to move past their tendency to justify their behavior: their writing tends to get overlong with explanations. Even very subtle self-serving statements can be read by an admissions committee as failure to take responsibility for your behavior, so leave out the excuses and directly address what you did.

Don’t go overboard addressing the infraction. The second biggest struggle I face is keeping clients from turning their applications into overblown mea culpas. A client once came to me having written two required essays and an optional essay all addressing a mistake from the past—too much! Often, a well-written response to an application’s “failure” essay question is enough.

Do show that you learned your lesson and that your past behavior won’t happen again. This step tends to be less of a struggle for clients, because usually they can show remorse, they can show the actions they took to atone for their behavior, and they can show how they matured from their experiences. Often such clients become heavily involved with their community, counseling others who tend toward their same behavior and managing to turn their failure into a success benefitting others.

Perfect execution of these suggestions certainly will increase your chances of admission, but they may not be enough to gain you acceptance to a top school. So avoid having to deal with this situation altogether: think twice and three times before you do something that you could regret for a very long time.

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Pew Study Shows Grad Degrees Pay Off! http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/12/pew-study-shows-grad-degrees-pay-off/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/03/12/pew-study-shows-grad-degrees-pay-off/#respond Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:59:16 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21534 ]]> Learn how to evaluate your profile, skills, and experiences to determine if, when, and where you should apply to graduate school.

A graduate education can be a fantastic investment, or burdensome expense.

According to a Pew study, earnings of college grads with no further education have increased 13% since 1984, while earnings of those with advanced degrees have risen 23% in that same time period. For those with professional and doctorate degrees, the numbers jump even higher, to 34%.

This data, however, doesn’t take into account the following two things: 1) These increases don’t reflect the unemployment rate – that is, they only show a pay increase for those graduates who have found work; 2) They don’t take household income into consideration – the higher the socioeconomic status, the greater the chance is that marriage and childbearing has been delayed (i.e. fewer dependents) and the greater the chance for greater gains.

Let’s take a look at monthly household income for a moment: The median adjusted monthly household income of college graduates has gone up $1,300 since 1984. For households headed by someone with an advanced degree, that inflation-adjusted amount is $1,500, and for those with professional or doctorate degrees, it’s skyrocketed to $3,400. For those who have not completed a bachelor’s degree, monthly household income has decreased since 1984.

Here are two additional points:

•   The study doesn’t show that higher education has caused financial gain, just the association between the two.

•   Since 1984, the percentage of college grads who’ve gone on to complete an advanced degree has only gone up 1% (from 26% in 1984 to 27% in 2009). This amount is statistically insignificant and goes against the belief that a weak economy pushes people into higher education.

My Thoughts

While I’m always glad to see evidence that a graduate education pays off, I’m concerned about two omissions in this report.

1. This research doesn’t reflect the increased cost of graduate education since 1984.

2. By talking in terms of averages and aggregates, this research doesn’t reflect the uneven benefits of graduate and professional education. The STEM fields in general are booming. The job market for humanities and law grads has basically crashed.

Before plunking down those tuition dollars or even starting the application process, it behooves you to pursue your dreams with an eye on the top and bottom line and a few of the lines in between. What is your education going to cost you? What are the likely financial benefits?

A graduate education can be a fantastic investment, or burdensome expense. Do the homework and research necessary before spending your hard earned cash or assuming thousands of dollars in debt. You want to arrive on campus with confidence that the return on your tuition dollar and time will be more fantastic than the cost.

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Waitlisted! What Now? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/27/waitlisted-what-now/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/27/waitlisted-what-now/#respond Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:08:02 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21411 ]]> Listen to the full recording of 'Waitlisted! Now What?'So, you’ve been waitlisted and you’re not sure whether to laugh or cry. You can choose to do either, neither or both, but then it is time to figure out what to do next.

Listen to the recording of our latest podcast episode to hear Linda Abraham’s six tips for waitlisted applicants. Make sure you know what to do (and what not to do!) to ensure that you are the candidate on the very top of that waitlist.

00:01:28 – Devastated about your waitlisted status? Don’t give up!

00:02:16 – Don’t be an independent thinker please.

00:03:43 – Self-evaluate and take action.

00:04:24 – Spread the good word (even if it doesn’t relate to your weaknesses).

00:05:44 – Schools like applicants who are interested in attending their program!

00:06:13 – Don’t spam the adcom.

00:06:48 – How a waitlist letter should begin and what it should include.

00:07:33 – Addressing your weaknesses without sounding weak.

Listen to the full conversation to learn more!

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Relevant Links:

•  MBA Waitlist Advice 101
•  Med School Waitlist Advice 101
•  Grad School Waitlist Advice 101
•  College Waitlist Advice 101 
•  The Nine Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on an MBA Waitlistan ebook
•  The Nine Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on a Med School Waitlistan ebook
•  The Nine Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on a Law School Waitlist, an ebook

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http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/27/waitlisted-what-now/feed/ 0 MBA Waitlist,podcast,Wait List,weakness So, you’ve been waitlisted and you’re not sure whether to laugh or cry. You can choose to do either, neither or both, but then it is time to figure out what to do next. - Listen to the recording of our latest podcast episode to hear Linda Abrahamâ... So, you’ve been waitlisted and you’re not sure whether to laugh or cry. You can choose to do either, neither or both, but then it is time to figure out what to do next. Listen to the recording of our latest podcast episode to hear Linda Abraham’s six tips for waitlisted applicants. Make sure you know what to do (and what not to do!) to ensure that you are the candidate on the very top of that waitlist. 00:01:28 – Devastated about your waitlisted status? Don’t give up! 00:02:16 – Don’t be an independent thinker please. 00:03:43 – Self-evaluate and take action. 00:04:24 – Spread the good word (even if it doesn’t relate to your weaknesses). 00:05:44 – Schools like applicants who are interested in attending their program! 00:06:13 – Don’t spam the adcom. 00:06:48 – How a waitlist letter should begin and what it should include. 00:07:33 – Addressing your weaknesses without sounding weak. *Theme music is courtesy of podcastthemes.com. Relevant Links: •  MBA Waitlist Advice 101 •  Med School Waitlist Advice 101 •  Grad School Waitlist Advice 101 •  College Waitlist Advice 101  •  The Nine Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on an MBA Waitlist, an ebook •  The Nine Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on a Med School Waitlist, an ebook •  The Nine Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on a Law School Waitlist, an ebook Subscribe to Admissions Straight Talk:       Accepted Admissions Consulting Blog no 12:34
How to Put Your Best Foot Forward on Test Day http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/27/how-to-put-your-best-foot-forward-test-day/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/27/how-to-put-your-best-foot-forward-test-day/#respond Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:39:46 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21392 ]]>
Check out our Graduate School Admissions 101 Pages!

The key to GRE success?

Many of us have gotten through school with decent grades by relying on one method: cramming. We’ll likely order a jumbo-sized coffee, deposit ourselves in the far corner of a café, and condense three-months of material into a six-hour, red-eyed, caffeine-fueled study session.

If you pull those shenanigans test day, you’ll definitely end up with those red eyes—which you’ll want to close as soon as you see your score.

The GRE is a massive test that, for many, requires months of intense preparation: vocabulary lists, math fundamentals, mock tests, and dense reading passages are just the tip of the GRE iceberg. To do your best, you will simply need a lot of time.

But of course things are a little more complicated than that. You can’t just hole yourself away in some attic, and live and breathe GRE prep. Sure, you’ll probably improve a little, but really maxing out your potential comes down to the following:

What you study

The GRE universe contains books and resources vital to your success; it also contains materials that are out-of-date or not really representative of what you’ll see on the test.

How you study

Many labor under the delusion that all they need to do to improve is one problem after another.  First off, you have to make sure that you are using the proper strategies. That’s why learning the strategies from the best resources is really important. If your approach is off, you are only reinforcing it by doing problem after problem.

You’ll also want to understand why you are missing certain questions. That is, don’t just understand why the right answer was right, but why the wrong one you chose was wrong.

You’ll also want to take practice tests to chart your progress. It helps to have a goal in mind so make sure you know the average GRE scores of the programs you’re looking to get into.

When you study

If possible, don’t rely on once a week study binges, hoping that 6 hours in one day will make up for six days you didn’t crack open a single book. Spread out your study sessions throughout the week. Even 20 minutes here and there will make a big difference and keep the material fresher than were you do GRE prep just once a week.

What about those last 24 hours?

Believe it or not, if you’ve been studying properly for about six weeks leading up to the test, those last 24 hours should be relatively stress-free.

Of course that doesn’t mean I’m not going to share some last minute GRE tips. First off, don’t cram. You should review words you already know, but don’t undertake new words or anything demanding—don’t try to knock out a set of three essays, washing them down with back-to-back verbal sections. The key is keeping your stress low and your confidence up. There is no need to upset your equilibrium for the sake of one problem set.

At the same time, keep the engine oiled those last 24 hours by doing some review. Make sure to get a good night’s rest; don’t go into the test center starving (nor gorge yourself on some decadent meal an hour before your appointment); and don’t down 20-oz of coffee the night before.

Learn how to determine if, when, and where you should apply to graduate school.

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Two Ways to Reveal Leadership in Your Applications http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/25/two-ways-to-reveal-leadership-in-your-applications/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/25/two-ways-to-reveal-leadership-in-your-applications/#respond Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:12:26 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21367 ]]> Leadership is one of the of the most valued attributes in admissions. In this short video, Linda Abraham discusses two main ways you can show the adcom that you are a leader.

For more tips on revealing leadership in your applications, check out:

•  Leadership in Admissions, a free special report.

•  4 Ways to Show How You’ll Contribute in the Future

•  What Should I Write About? Making a Difference

•  MBA Admissions A-Z: L is for Leadership

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Review of BenchPrep’s Online Test Prep Site http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/20/review-of-benchpreps-online-test-prep-site/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/20/review-of-benchpreps-online-test-prep-site/#respond Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:34:41 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21045 ]]> Check out BenchPrep!I just logged into the BenchPrep test prep website and am welcomed with their greeting of “Gain an unfair advantage on test day”; I like this – a test prep site with an edge! Let’s continue exploring…

After you sign in and choose your test (see list below), you’ll then choose your target test date. The program then generates a study plan of week-by-week tasks that you’ll need to complete to achieve your optimal preparedness for your chosen exam. Each task has a timeframe next to it, indicating the expected amount of time the exercise should take – a nice touch.

As you move through the little icons on the left side of the screen, you’ll encounter some nice features – games (mainly flashcard games – pretty simple and straightforward), practice tests, discussion boards, study groups, and others. Another organizational feature is the table of contents icon which, when you click on it, gives you a very clear outline of your study plan with links to other parts of the site.

There is also a BenchPrep mobile app (Android and iPhone), making this program excellent for test-preppers on-the-go!

One thing I’d like to see more of on this site are videos. There is certainly no shortage of written prep resources here – there are loads of practice tests and explanations and tips, which of course are extremely important. For some people, this may be exactly what they’re looking for, but others – those auditory/visual types – the absence of video will be noticed.

Tests (a sampling):

ACT • GMAT • PMP Exam
• AP Exam • GRE • Police Officer Exam
• CFA Level I Exam                       . • LSAT • Postal Exam
• CLEP • MCAT • Praxis Test
• EMT • Nursing School Entrance Exams        . • SAT
• FRM • PCAT
• Firefighter Exam • PE Exam

Features:

• Ask-a-tutor, and receive an answer within 24 hours
•  Bookmarking and highlighting features
•  Ratings/tracking of your confidence level (so you can go back to review those weak areas)
•  Games
•  Practice tests
•  Discussion boards
•  Study groups

Head to BenchPrep now to check out these features on your own!

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Personal Statement Fatal Flaw #1: Lack of Substance http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/19/personal-statement-fatal-flaw-1-lack-of-substance-2/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/19/personal-statement-fatal-flaw-1-lack-of-substance-2/#respond Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:12:53 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21236 ]]> Click here to learn how to avoid the other 4 personal statement fatal flaws.Writing about nothing tends to bore, like a trite sitcom or movie with no plot. They lack substance and so will your essay if it isn’t based on:

• Substantive self-reflection.

• Use of specifics, examples, and anecdotes.

• Willingness to reveal your thought processes and feelings.

So start your writing process with self-knowledge. You don’t have to search the internet or a large library. Start with your experiences and your dreams. Search your head and your heart. That is where the substance of a good personal statement is stored.

Then use anecdotes, specifics, and examples to reveal what’s in your heart and show that your dreams are grounded in experience. Good examples can bring your essays to life and engage the reader.

At the same time, recognize that essays with only examples and anecdotes don’t reveal your thought processes and consequently are also superficial. Make sure you balance your stories with insight and analysis.

Avoid Fatal Flaw #1: Bring your essays to life with self-reflection and astute use of examples balanced by analysis.

This tip is an excerpt from Five Fatal Flaws: Eliminate the 5 Most Common Flaws in your Application Essays and Personal Statements. To view the entire free special report, please click here.

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Goal Setting as an Entrepreneur http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/17/goal-setting-as-an-entrepreneur/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/17/goal-setting-as-an-entrepreneur/#respond Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:24:55 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=21033 ]]> Check out our Entrepreneurship 101 Page!I always ask my clients to state their long and short-term goals for me on our first meeting.  Eighty percent of the time I hear the response, “I want to be an entrepreneur.”  So I begin to peel away at the onion.

• What problem is your business going to solve?

•  Why is it different than a solution that exists today?

• Is there a market for the goods or services you plan to sell?

•  How big is that market?

•  Who is your competition?

•  Can you patent your solution?

•  What will your margins be?

•  How will you finance this business?

•  What is your expected return on investment?

•  What is the exit strategy?

You can’t just say, “I want to be an entrepreneur” and leave it at that.  You also can’t just have an idea or concept.  You need to have the skeleton of an actual business plan if you want to credibly declare yourself an entrepreneur in your MBA application.

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Natalie Grinblatt Epstein By , an accomplished Accepted.com consultant/editor (since 2008) and entrepreneur. Natalie is a former MBA Admissions Dean and Director at Ross, Johnson, and Carey.

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Professional Science Masters Programs Gain Popularity http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/03/professional-science-masters-program-gain-popularity/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/03/professional-science-masters-program-gain-popularity/#respond Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:26:59 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=20903 ]]> Check out our Grad School Admissions 101 pages for great advice.

First-time enrollment in PSM programs is up 19%

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) released its annual report on enrollment in professional science masters (PSM) programs. According to the CGS article on the subject, the PSM is a graduate degree “designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science or mathematics while simultaneously developing workplace skills highly valued by employers.”

Highlights from the report, as well as from a 2013 CGS survey, include:

• First-time enrollment in PSM programs is up 19% (to 1900 students) from 2010 to 2013. (Compare this to the 1.9% increase in first-time enrollment of domestic students at U.S. grad schools in general between 2007 and 2012.)
• Total enrollment increased 23% (to 5800 students) between 2010 and 2013.
• First time application volume increased 59% over that same period.
• 91% of surveyed PSM graduates were employed in a job in their field of study; 68% of those employed full-time reported an annual salary above $50,000.
• 46% of 7000 applicants were accepted to PSM programs in the fall of 2013.
• 53% of PSM students were men in 2013; 47% were women. (In terms of degrees awarded, 54% were awarded to men and 46% to women.)
•  Four fields of study dominated among PSM students: computer/information sciences (21%), environmental sciences/natural resources (15%), math and statistics (15%), and biotechnology (14%).
• 18% of grads at U.S. PSM programs were international students.
• 23% of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who graduated from PSM programs in 2012-2013 were minorities.

See more details at the CGS article, “Upward Trends Continue in Professional Science Master’s Enrollment and Degrees.”

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Linda Abraham By , president and founder of Accepted.com and co-author of the new, definitive book on MBA admissions, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools.

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What Does the GRE Have to Do with Actual Grad School? http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/02/what-does-the-gre-have-to-do-with-actual-grad-school/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/02/02/what-does-the-gre-have-to-do-with-actual-grad-school/#respond Sun, 02 Feb 2014 16:18:07 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=20710 ]]> Check out our Grad School Admissions 101 pages!

You don’t want to throw the GRE baby out with the bath water.

Learning all those words, from lachrymose to perfunctory, and memorizing all those formulas, from work rate to compound interest, you’ve probably asked yourself countless times: What the “beep” does this have to do with grad school?

Any such frustration is pretty justified, because much of what you learn on the GRE has little to do with the skills you’ll actually use in grad school. At the same time, you don’t want to throw the GRE baby out with the bath water. There are actually some grad-school relevant skills that you are honing, as you prep those long hours.

At a very general level, you will improve your focus, especially on dense, academic passages. And many words that you never thought you’d see again after GRE prep, will find away of popping up in much of the reading you do.

Of course there is the math, which those of you in the non-math fields think you’ll never see again. While there probably won’t be any circles floating about in your research, statistics, which pops up on the GRE, does factor into many graduate fields.

Finally, there is the writing section. By improving your writing skills—which I assume you’ve been doing if you’ve been studying for the GRE—you have a skill that will help you throughout grad school, and beyond. Especially if you are using the GRE for business school, you will need to have excellent writing skills, both in terms of grammar and the way that you build a convincing case.

To reap such rewards you might be asking your how long I should I study for the GRE?  To notice any improvements you can’t just study for a week or two. Sedulous care must be taken across all the areas of the GRE, if you want to see any long-lasting results. So if you don’t study that much for the GRE and don’t end up getting a good GRE score, then you won’t really be able to apply what you learnt (since you didn’t learn much).

Takeaway

So if you have been studying for months—canceling social engagements and missing your favorite T.V. shows—don’t think your score is just for one big day. The skills that you apply, from developing a strong “number sense” to be able to sit through and digest complex reading passages, will help you not only on test day, but also in grad school. Who knows, maybe you’ll even encounter the word perfunctory.

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How to Write Waitlist Update Letters http://blog.accepted.com/2014/01/31/how-to-write-waitlist-update-letters-2/ http://blog.accepted.com/2014/01/31/how-to-write-waitlist-update-letters-2/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:23:38 +0000 http://blog.accepted.com/?p=20363 ]]>
You are so close to acceptance, but still not quite there! Get the guidance you need to get that offer of admission.

Continue fighting for that acceptance!

The application process is not over for waitlisted applicants. You’ve still got a chance of getting into your dream school, so now’s not the time to slack off, and it’s certainly not the time to give up. Continue fighting for that acceptance!

Your waitlist updates (you write those) and letters of support (other people write these) should focus on three areas:

1) Your growing list of qualifications. You want to prove to the adcoms that while you were a responsible, accomplished, impressive candidate before, now you are even more so. Discuss recent initiatives you’ve taken—in the workplace and in your community—and developments or advances you’ve made in your career or academics.

2) Steps you’ve taken to ameliorate shortcomings. Figure out what weaknesses were revealed in your application and/or interview and work to improve them. Be able to discuss specific changes you’ve made in your life—education and career—that make you a stronger candidate.

3) How you fit with the school. You were born to attend this school and this school was created just for you. Your fit is as perfect as a cozy glove on a cold hand.

Waitlist Update Writing Step-By-Step:

1) Begin your letter by briefly thanking the school for considering your application. Don’t talk about your disappointment; instead focus on how the school’s philosophy and approach fit your educational goals.

2) Discuss your recent accomplishments. Choose achievements that you did not address in your application and try and tie them back to key themes in your essays. These could include a recent promotion, freshly minted A’s, a new leadership role in a project or organization, a recent volunteer experience, initiatives you’ve taken in your department, business, or club, additional work responsibilities, etc.

3) Talk about the measures you’ve taken to ameliorate your weaknesses, if necessary. Focus on the action you’ve taken rather than on the actual shortcoming. For example, if you have/had weak communication skills, discuss how you enrolled in Toastmasters and how the experience has influenced and inspired you.

4) If you are sure that upon acceptance you would attend, inform the school of your commitment.

Above all, stay positive as your letter will reflect your attitude. Adcoms do not want to read a bitter and angry letter, nor will they want that writer in their classrooms.

A couple of caveats:

• Don’t waste your reader’s time by repeating material already in your application.

• Don’t write if the school states explicitly that it doesn’t want to hear from you.

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