So you know that you want to go to graduate school, but what can you do about it now? Actually, there are lots of things you can do to make sure you get into your preferred program.
Do you know your professors? If not, get to know them. When it comes time to write a reference for you, it will help if they can write about you personally, instead of just listing your marks.
It's a great way to learn about research, and it will look great on your CV. Or just talk to them about a subject that interests you. It could lead you in directions you may never have dreamed possible.
Graduate recruitment fairs, information sessions and open houses at universities are a great way to learn about your program of interest, what it can offer, the funding opportunities, the research going on and whether or not you have the necessary courses to apply.
Contact the universities you are interested in and learn all you can about the campus, the city, the faculty and the staff. Talk to current graduate students and ask about their experiences. Find out if there are any special requirements before you start the applications process.
Don't wait until the last minute to get your final application in. Some grants depend on you applying early. And make sure you keep on top of the deadlines. They have a way of sneaking up on you.
Do you know which scholarships and grants are available to you? Do your research. Ask questions and learn the answers. Some awards you don't need to apply for, but there are others that you do.
When you can concentrate on your studies without having to worry about where the next tuition payment is coming from, you will be able to appreciate and enjoy the experience that much more.
The best time to start the search for funding is during your undergraduate years. Because it can take time to make sure you have enough funding in place, we recommend you get an early start. The earlier you start, the more success you're likely to have. By summer between your 3rd & 4th year, you should be applying for those external awards. Often deadlines for these awards are before the deadlines for applying to graduate studies.