For this week’s episode of Accepted Admissions Straight Talk, Accepted’s biweekly podcast, we interviewed Drew Appleby, Professor Emeritus at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, who identified five types of applicant errors. These mistakes decrease candidates’ chances of acceptance to graduate school – even if the applicants have stellar stats.
Check out the full recording to learn more about these “Kisses of Death.”
01:58:00 – Introducing Dr. Drew Appleby in Admissions Straight Talk.
02:40:00 – How Dr. Appleby discovered the Kisses of Death.
05:20:00 – Why letters of recommendations are so important.
07:52:00 – The difference between good grades and motivation.
14:18:00 – How personal is too personal?
15:50:00 – Choosing relevant letters of recommendation.
18: 54:00 – Lack of information about the program to which you are applying AKA when you just go by the rankings.
20:00:00 – Importance of good writing skills.
21: 00:00 – Misfired attempts to impress the adcom.
24:15:00 – Help your professors write the best letters of recommendation.
28:40:00 – How undergrads should determine professional goals.
33:51:00 – Dr. Appleby’s sound bites to live by: 1. Know Thyself 2. To Thine Own Self be True, and 3. Just Do It.
37:49:00 – What should an applicant focus on when drafting a statement of purpose?
41:20:00 – 3 most memorable “words of wisdom” at the psychology orientation panel.
42:36:00 – Learn more about Dr. Drew Appleby.
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- Summary: How to Avoid the Grad School Application Kisses of Death
- Full report: Kisses of Death in the Graduate School Application Process
- Download special report: Get Your Game On
- O’Net http://www.onetonline.org/
- Form: Request a Strong Letter of Recommendation
- Dr. Drew Appleby’s page