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What do you DO with that, anyway?
Jan. 6th, 2008 @ 10:39 am
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January 6th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
What he said. I think the two greatest things to know is a) what the school has and b) what you want. They're looking for energetic, driven people who will have enough energy to finish the program. Research the program as much as possible. Know who teaches there and what they do, see if students have webpages, see if they have a page that says where alumni are (or just take note of where people end up teaching), see what they say about facilities, money, jobs, etc. Use the trip to further find out what the school has to offer--funding, job placements, teaching experience, requirements, student interaction, the town, housing, etc. And get as broad a range as possible.
This leaves knowing what you want. You don't have to plan out everything, but do know what topics engage you and why you want to pursue them. Know why this school will help. Know what experiences you've had that will contribute to you and the program. And take the time to honestly ask yourself if you would be happy there for five years. Even the "small" things like the weather become much bigger after a couple years.
Basically ask questions of everyone, including yourself. Good luck, and remember to enjoy it.
January 10th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
will do! thanks very much.