The Myths of Transitioning from Undergrad to Grad: Debunked
By: Briana Delbuono
So you’re a senior and you’ll be out of college in a couple months. You’re finally done! Wait, not really.
This is an exciting, and yes, stressful time. No worries, I’m going to map it all out for you.
The first thing you need to do is focus on actually graduating.
Make sure all of your grades are ‘on fleek’ and your business is taken care of!
Yes, I mean make sure you’re actually doing well in school; this means passing all your finals and maintaining good relationships with your professors in your final semester.
I know this is the end of the line for you, but make it count! Make it a priority to finish strong. You won’t regret it.
Once all your grades are in order, it’s time to apply to the grad school of your choice.
Barring the fact that your major may require additional schooling, you’ll want to look into which school is the best fit for you.
If you’re into journalism, you’ll want to check out CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, or if your grades are really good and you’re aiming high, School of Journalism at Columbia University.
If you’re majoring in Psychology, you may want to try NYU or Hunter College.
These are just to name a few. The choice is really yours and depends highly on your major and what type of education level you need in your career field.
If you plan to take your education further, you’ll want to maintain good relationships with your professors because you will need letters of recommendations.
These are important because your grad school will most likely need someone to go out on a limb for you and tell them why you’d be a good fit for their school.
Someone who is perfect for that job is typically someone who knows you really well. This person could be your guidance counselor, one of your major professors, or just generally a faculty member that you got really close with.
Relationships in the college environment are important; so, show up on time, pay attention in class, and be respectful.
You never know when you will need their help in the future.
Disclaimer, if you need recommendations, reach out to faculty during the school year, a lot of professors go on hiatus in the summer and won’t be available via e-mail.
A step that most students overlook when applying to grad school is immunization forms.
Trust me, the process of getting all your records together and making doctors appointments is not a quick one. Give yourself a couple weeks to get all of this in order while doing your application.
Applying to grad school in general takes a lot of time to process, so be patient.
There are the recommendations, immunization forms, work experience and history, undergraduate transcripts both official and the optional unofficial, your own personal information and, of course, your letter of intent.
Grad schools aren’t cheap and neither are their application fees.
If you don’t have Beyoncé’s checkbook available, you’ll want to reach out to the grad school you are applying to, and see if there are any ways to avoid paying the application fee, which will run you around $50.
When I applied to Touro College, I went to an orientation to learn more about the school.
While I was there, the staff mentioned that by just being present in the orientation, I would receive an application fee waiver code.
Lastly, tweak your resume.
If you haven’t already gotten a job, now is the time to get one.
Grad school classes run on weeknights and weekends because most students work full time during the day.
This is the time when you’ll be #Grinding, forgive the expression. Working a full time job and being in full time, or even part time, grad school classes can be overwhelming.
Just know you are not alone and you will get through it, just like the rest of us.
And in the end, you’ll not only have an amazing job that pays well, but you’ll be beyond prepared for it too. Good luck!