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Two Grad School Applicants Walk Into a Bar…

By - Sep 17, 09:00 AM   Comments [0]

This might be a great opening line for a comedy night at a university student center, but can you use humor in a graduate school application essay? Should you even try? The answer is…maybe. If you have a funny bone, use it If you can use humor...

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Take the Mystery Out of Applying to Grad School

By - Sep 16, 09:30 AM   Comments [0]

As you prepare to put together your grad school application, undoubtedly you’ve got questions: Are my grades strong enough to get into my preferred schools? Is my GRE score high enough? Is my background too disjointed to make a case for the field I want...

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What to Include in Your Admissions Resume

By - Sep 15, 09:00 AM   Comments [0]

I suggest that applicants begin assembling materials for their applications as early as possible in advance of admissions deadlines. One of the first items you should start working on is your resume, a document that all professionals should always have updated and at the ready. 6...

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How to Compose the Small Components of Large Grant Applications Like the Fulbright

By - Sep 11, 09:30 AM   Comments [0]

Like many large grants, Fulbright applications require candidates to compose a number of small written components throughout the document. Most people speed through the process of writing these blurbs, fiddling with word combinations within the live application platform to get the character-count just right. But...

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A Bain Consultant-turned Wharton MBA Starts Her Own Business

By - Sep 10, 09:00 AM   Comments [0]

Interview with Andie Kaplan, Wharton MBA student and founder of ConnectEd [Show summary] Andie Kaplan had an undergraduate degree in business, but knew she needed more formal training to successfully launch her own business, and one year into her MBA at Wharton, she has done just...

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Writing a Confident and Thematically Driven Personal Statement for Fulbright

By - Sep 9, 09:00 AM   Comments [0]

Like many large grant organizations, the Fulbright Foundation requires applicants to write both a statement of purpose and a personal statement. Regardless of your personal background, a strong personal statement for a large grant application like the Fulbright should always have a clear focus: the content...

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Writing the Fulbright Statement of Purpose as a Practical Document

By - Sep 6, 09:00 AM   Comments [0]

During my time at the UCLA Scholarship Resource Center, I worked with several graduate students on the development of large grant proposals like the Fulbright. In that work, I noticed a tendency among humanities and social sciences students to overemphasize the intellectual value of their...

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What I Learned about Grant Writing from Putting Together 3 Fulbright Applications Before Finally Being Selected

By - Sep 5, 09:00 AM   Comments [0]

It was during my master’s program at the University of Cambridge, that I realized how much I wanted Brazil to be part of my doctoral research. One of the reasons that I returned to UCLA for the PhD, instead of staying at Cambridge, was to...

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A Harvard PhD Student and Admissions Consultant Shares Her Story

By - Sep 3, 09:30 AM   Comments [0]

Interview with Rachel Slutsky, Accepted admissions consultant [Show summary] Want to know what makes for stupendous statements of purpose or impressive MBA essays? Our guest, and recent addition to Accepted’s team of consultants, is an expert at both. But, for some of you her main claim...

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Academic De-Greening, Part 2: Applying to Graduate School After Military Service

By - Aug 26, 09:00 AM   Comments [0]

In Part 1 of this military series, we discussed possible misconceptions that recent veterans might possess regarding their suitability for college-level learning, and their attraction as applicants. Having worked closely with veterans to prepare them for the transition into higher education, I know that it...

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