It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… it was applying to grad school and taking the GMAT. Today, I’m sharing 5 ways to prepare for applying to grad school and taking the GMAT exam. I feel these tips can also be applied to the GRE. When I started on this journey, I turned to the internet in true millennial fashion and found tons of what sounded like admissions counselor writings. The articles I read of course were helpful, but none of them told the story of being a college senior, with several jobs, and minimal motivation second semester. (In case you’re wondering, that’s me!) So I’m sharing a couple of the things that I learned along the way by mean of trial and error…
- Start getting ready for grad school EARLY! This is the first tip and I cannot emphasize this enough. In my situation, I am an Accounting major and knew that I would be going to grad school early on in my college career. I need 150 credit hours to get a CPA and grad school is the best way to do it. But I did not anticipate the process being so time consuming. Start researching programs that you would be interested in, the costs, the living situation, etcetera AT LEAST 6 months before the application deadline.
- Think of people who know you, (and I mean really, really know you) and of your accomplishments/capabilities to write your letter of recommendation(s). This is so important because your application and the information that you include is pretty standard but through your essay and recommendations, who you are as a person comes alive as corny as that may sound. I had several people including professors and past employers write recommendations and I was well aware of their writing capabilities, their knowledge that I do good work, and they expressed a willingness to writing a recommendation. Also ask well in advance. Sometimes people are busy and need advanced noticed and time to complete a well written recommendation.
- Now onto GMAT! 😐 I am still in process of studying for it and it’s no fun. Give yourself at least 2 months to prepare. I have the Kaplan test book that comes with online courses and resources and its super helpful. (Will keep you all posted on actually taking the test and how that goes!)
- Be open and flexible! If you are doing all of this while being a student, things won’t always work out how you imagined. I had midterms when I wanted to take the GMAT, so had to reschedule. One of the programs I thought was perfect was way too much money. Someone who I wanted to write a recommendation, I could not track down. You just kind of have to go with the flow through this whole process. But have an end goal in mind!
- Take care of yourself through this process! It stressful, you’re moving onto being an adult, yes I know it’s difficult. But space out the process so you’re not feeling overwhelmed. But the grad school process and everything you put into it is a reflection of you. Definitely give it your best!
If you have any specific questions on anything I mentioned or did not mention, leave them in the comments. I’m a Pro at all of this now so I can try to help ya out! Thank you for reading… until next time 💕
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