Innovation at IU: Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI)

As a student at IU, I have been given access to one of the finest IT environments in the whole nation. UITS (University Information Technology Services) services and support have been awesome from day one, since I first got my umail account. One of the primary functions of UITS is to provide IT support to all IU students, faculty, and staff. For more information, please visit its website. But in this blog post, my focus is to introduce a unique jewel IU is extremely proud to own, and that is the Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI).

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IT Training

Learning computer applications, different programs, programming languages, and slick computer skills is important to most if not all students irrespective of academic disciplines. If you are wondering about honing your programming skills or if you are a beginner who wants to learn a spreadsheet application (e.g. Microsoft excel), IT Training is an amazing resource for you.

IT Training has offices both on IU and on IUPUI campuses. The department offers numerous instructor-led computing workshops catering to a range of needs. The spring semester schedule is now available. Continue reading

Scoping Out the Place: Campus Visits and Why They’re So Important

Your graduate school prep checklist includes lots of important things: your application and everything that comes with that territory, funding options, making sure your CV/resume is perfect, tying up loose ends with family back home. All of these are crucial, but one thing that you should be sure to do is visit some campuses! It’s so easy to completely disregard this piece of the GSP (graduate school prep) simply because you’re schedule is packed as you’re finishing up the current programs you’re in, attending and presenting at conferences, and of course, traveling cost money. Despite these things happening all at once, it is in your best interest to visit the campuses of potential programs because a visit could definitely impact your decision to attend or go elsewhere.

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Lets take the time to be Thankful (Xicanita on the Move)

Thanksgiving has just passed an I hope all of you were able to stuff yourselves with delicious food and spend some time with family and friends. It is during this time in which I begin to reflect upon all the things I am grateful for. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, being in grad school has been one of the toughest experiences in my life: I am 2,000 miles away from my family and loved ones and I have had to quickly grow up in a spiritual, academic, and financial matter of the course of a year and a half. And of course…you always experience pain whenever you grow… But despite all of this Continue reading

And I’m in Graduate School Because…?

You may be wondering why I chose the title above for this particular blog when those who are reading are not even in graduate school yet. I’m glad you asked! As I have mentioned before, preparing for a graduate program and entering the program are not cakewalks. So, you may be having second thoughts about pursuing it or maybe you’re stuck between two choices: graduate school or entering the workforce. If so, I found this really neat article that may help you decide. Check it out!

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Personal/Research Statements: Moving Forward

Are you almost ready to be done with these statements??? Trust me when I say I know the feeling!!

Well, hopefully at this point you have gone through at least a few drafts of each statement (Personal vs. Research). As you complete rough drafts, you want to make sure that you keep getting in-depth feedback from key mentors. Since the people writing your letters can make a much more convincing argument for you if they understand what points you are making in your statements, it is important to make sure that they are the main editors you are referring to. Having too many different readers, who provide a variety of different suggestions, can make the process of completing these statements much more challenging. Also, remember that Continue reading

Preparing for GRE

Whether you are retaking the test or appearing for the first time, here are some quick tips on preparing for GRE.

There is actually one correct answer to the question, “how should I prepare for GRE?” and that answer is: Practice! Practice! Practice! You probably have never seen a football player reading books about how to play football. You always see that football players are working out and practicing their game and forming strategies.

Begin your preparation with a practice test. Taking a practice test will help you evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. Maximize your strengths and work on your weaknesses. Continue reading

• Making it easy for recommenders to write your letters.

When approaching professors from your institutions make sure to be clear with yourself about the quality of work you produced and the depth of the interactions you had with them. Did you ask professors for feedback? Did you go to office hours and seek greater understanding? These types of interactions seem to typify what a healthy, supportive letter arises from.

After you are sure you would receive a strong letter of recommendation, either send an email or ask in person whichever works more naturally in your situation and explain what you are trying to do, that you would be grateful for their support, and tell them when the deadline is. Typically a month or greater is optimal to ask for a letter, bu never ask with less than two weeks to go. Professors are incredibly busy and it may result in at best a rushed letter and at worst one never getting submitted.

Keep professors kindly reminded of the due dates as they approach. When all letters are submitted take time and send emails to thank everyone who supported you. All of these people supporting you are your personal and professional network and it is important to stay humble and appreciative.