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1 So you want to go to graduate school? Things to think about after making the decision

2 Be Centered Make Sure You Have A Goal –What Program Gets You Where You Want to Be? Be Confident That you Can Do It –If you dont believe in yourself no one will

3 Where To Start Looking Gradschools.com Literature –Articles you like have professors you could work with Where do the authors of the articles teach

4 Gradschools.com Breakdown –Region –Subject matter –Degree offered Psychology - Clinical Psychology - Cognitive Psychology - Community Psychology - Counseling/Mental Health Therapy Psychology - Counseling (Ph.D. Programs) Psychology - Developmental

5 Think Outside the Box Keep an open mind. Some schools may house your interests differently than you think. Race relations in the inner city may be in anthropology not psychology or sociology.

6 A Good Faculty Match Make sure you are familiar with facultys work. Articles –When you are reading the article look at the date, the person may no longer be working on that subject matter. See if there are professor or assistant professor (some may be emeritus, visiting or some other designation).

7 First Contact –Professor, department secretary, graduate division Talk about your research interests, current projects, and ask questions about the professors current works. Does the school have any programs that pay for you to visit?

8 Lets Get Personal A phone call to follow up- –You may not get a reply to an –Also try an actual sent letter (stamp is required for those of you who never sent an actual hard copy b4). Plan a visit even if you have to pay for the flight, IT WORKS!

9 When to Apply A deadline is just that, a last day. Funding goes early, so the sooner you apply the more money in the pot for you. Gives a chance to follow up to make sure all materials are in.

10 Money Money Money There are several Ways to fund our education –Fellowships –Grants –Loans that are forgiven –Husband/wifeOr Not…..

11 AW LAWD WHAT DO I DO?!?!?!

12 Dealing with Anxiety Applying to graduate school can be stressful Being a graduate student is even more taxing So what Should you do?

13 Walk It Off Have people you can talk to about your anxieties. This works during the application process and when you are in grad school (even undergrad) as well.


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