Are you applying to graduate school but aren’t sure where to start? Are you stressed about the application process? Do you need to know what to prioritize? How much time you should allow for the whole process? How to keep yourself from stressing too much? Keep reading!
5. Stress the Right Amount
Stress enough to get it done, but don’t stress so much that you can’t function. Talk to professors and advisors to help you cope with the stress, it’s likely that they’ve been through this process, as well, and can offer invaluable advice to help you with your applications.
4. Know Yourself & Create Priorities
Know what your strengths and weaknesses are, and prioritize your application process based on that. For example, if you know you’re a bad test taker, focus on your GRE/GMAT/LSAT prep first, and then move on to something you’re a little more comfortable with.
3. Create a Timeline
Figure out when everything is due, how long it will take to get done, and factor in some time for emergencies. Creating this timeline will keep you on track to getting everything done on time with little stress. Usually, putting everything together will take around 12-16 weeks (if you’re giving yourself little breaks here and there, which you should do), so plan about a semester ahead, especially when you’re considering how much time people need to write letters of recommendation, how much time you’ll need to prepare for the GRE, etc.
2. Research Your Programs
Know what each program you’re applying to wants, know when their deadlines are, and learn about the priorities of the program. You want to apply to programs that will match your goals, not just the one that would look good on a resume.
1. Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute
OH MY GOD PLEASE DON’T DO THIS IT WILL NOT END WELL.