Internationalization is both an internal and external phenomenon for higher education institutions. Because of our globalized world economy and the increase in international opportunities, this impacts everyone no matter their interests of study and research. Whether or not you study physics, education, law, business, or psychology, our worlds are becoming more and more international. That is why it is important to consider how international your institution is when deciding where to attend.
IU is international. Along with its international strategic plan and its new School of Global and International Studies, IU’s alumni reach all corners of the world. The programs here allow for study, research, and travel abroad to learn about your area of discipline in another country. Experiences like these can only help you in your pursuit for a job.
Now that everything is submitted, it is now time to wait for responses. It is important to keep in mind that rejection letters are inevitable. Don’t let them get you down. There are many options out there, and it is not the end of the world.
However, you should still be proactive in the meantime while you are waiting. Do you yet know your list of preferred schools and why you want to attend them? Have you visited them? Visiting an institution and getting the “feel” to what it is like to be there will help you make a decision and not regret it later. Each institution is different. The campus life, environment, and structure can be a huge impact on how you will enjoy spending years there. Do you like big cities? Small college towns? A scenic campus to walk through? Visit, visit, visit! Visit IU by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org! I hope to meet you at IU! GO HOOSIERS!
Always reach out with open arms! It is important in academia that you do not get stuck within your bubble. The world does not work that way, so why should we? Interdisciplinary studies and research is critical now more than ever as our world becomes more globalized and disciplines overlap to help solve society’s challenges.
As an academic, your success will be determined on how well you can be creative and innovative with your resources as higher education funding becomes more difficult to come by. As a result, more collaboration and cooperation across departments and disciplines will not only enhance your own overall knowledge of your subject area but also show your ability work with others.
Here’s an example: my research concentration is in higher education policy, specifically in governance, funding, ethics, and diversity. Although I am an education policy studies student, I collaborate with higher education and student affairs (HESA), informatics, and public health masters and doctorate students. This kind of collaboration allows me to learn about other areas of academic interest that touches my area of research.
I encourage you to begin working outside of the box and collaborate with others. Not only will it be helpful in your academic career but also your professional work. It’s always good to be open, helpful, and embracing of others!
Now that you have sent in your application, you must be wondering what you should do next. Double check with your school if you need to submit separate applications for fellowships and scholarships. You will want to investigate these opportunities. It’s a good idea to talk to faculty of your department to see what departmental opportunities there are to apply for. Fellowships will provide opportunities for you not only to seek funding but also experience. What is important about fellowships is that they allow you to be secure regarding funding and during your first year as a graduate student, you can explore other options if your fellowship is only awarded for one year. If fellowships are not an option, begin looking for other financial assistance either through campus employment or working in the community if you are in need of funding while studying. Many schools and departments have research centers that may be looking for help. Make sure to be exhaustive in your search.
If you have missed the deadline to apply for fellowships, create a folder and collect information for the next year. Being prepared will help you keep a foot out front and have all necessary documents, recommendations, and information ready to submit at a moment’s notice. If you are needing recommendations, do not procrastinate. Professors will write you a better recommendation if they have time to prepare and not have to use a “canned” letter.
Stay tuned to next month about filing for a FAFSA.
So holiday break brought some good news … an article I worked with a professor on will be published in the Education Law Reporter. An important aspect of academia is to research, write, and publish. Some tips to accomplish these goals are:
1. Find good mentors who know the system well and can guide you through them
2. Collaborate with faculty members and other graduate students. Find where your strengths can compliment theirs.
3. Work together and keep each other accountable. Working with others help you keep yourself accountable and on track to achieve a goal.
4. Research and write on topics that interest you. This is a long process and if you are not interested in the work you are doing, it will become a task not a pleasure!
5. And last but not least … have fun! Write about interesting and current topics, but also collaborate with fun colleagues! You can learn so much from each other but also have so much fun!
Good luck! Research … and write!
Many folks are concerned that if they messed up freshman or sophomore year with their academics and their GPA isn’t as good as they would want, there is no hope for graduate school. Others are not as good test takers as others and are worried that their performance will hinder their admissions. Remember that graduate school is not a life and death matter! There is always hope and if you want it badly, you can achieve it! YOU CAN DO IT!
If your GPA or graduate standardized test scores are low, supplement them with other positive characteristics of your application. You may want to get another masters degree that is relevant to your field of interest to perform better as an illustration of your academic abilities. Getting a job in your field of study and performing well in it will show schools your work ethic. Studying harder and taking the test another time can supplement a poor score and show schools that you are persistent and really want to achieve.
Remember, there is never a dead-end, just a detour. Don’t get frustrated and give up … there is hope! Message me if you want more ideas! Good luck … and remember … YOU CAN DO IT!
When applying for graduate school, scholarships, fellowships, or internships, it is important to have strong letters of recommendation because this is one of the methods that application reviewers get to know you. Many times, you will not able to impress them in an interview as there just isn’t time to interview everyone; as such, the letter of recommendation should portray what you have done and what others think about you professionally.
In order to have a strong letter of recommendation, consider these ideas:1. find someone who has known you for a while because you want someone who can speak to the depth of your abilities; plus someone who has known you for a while is a more credible recommender than one who has only known you for a limited amount of time; 2. find someone who has some clout; as much as it is important to find someone who knows you well, reach out in your connections someone who has some clout in the community, either academic, professional, or otherwise; 3. find recommenders that provide variety in your application; if you have one academic recommendation, then find another one who can speak to your professional abilities, etc.
Being able to place your foot forward through your recommendations is key, and your recommendations can serve to be the one big push to get you accepted or awarded. Good luck!
For those who enjoy large, bustling cities, Chicago is only a short drive away. On a recent trip to the windy city, only over three hours drive from Bloomington, I enjoyed a dinner, theatre, shopping, and cultural! Firstly, I enjoyed dinner at Russian Tea Time before laughing out of my seat watching The Book of Morman at the Bank of America Theatre around the corner. After a wonderful night of music and food, Chicago’s Magnificent Mile has all the shopping to offer plus the Christmas spirit at the ice-skating rink in Millennium Park. Thank goodness the weather wasn’t too cold, windy, or snowy … Chicago can be brutal with all three. My day was also accompanied with culture with a dim sum lunch in Chinatown and tacos in La Villita. With only a short drive from Bloomington, Chicago offers a change of pace to students who are looking for a weekend away. Don’t forget to stop by near by Indianapolis along the way!
If you want to go to a graduate school with culture, don’t look any further. Bloomington may be a small college town, but it is a cultural metropolis. The IU Auditorium has a myriad of shows from music and plays to Broadway musicals. This year, the IU Auditorium is showing The Cleveland Orchestra, Peter Pan, Traces, Dream Girls, and more. They have a selection that will please anyone’s distinct tastes.
Don’t forget that the IU Jacobs School of Music is one of the best in the world, and its students and faculty perform at the IU Musical Arts Center. Enjoy ballet, recitals, and music performances of the New York Met quality in your backyard in Bloomington.
The IU Cinema, a newly restored theatre, offers movie screenings from the classics to stunning documentaries. Moreover, festivals help bridge the university life to the community. One festival, the Lotus festival, engages the university community and attracts participants from other cities and states.
If you want culture, you have come to the right place!
Mentorship is important to being successful in all that we do. It is no different in graduate school. It is important to find good and compatible faculty mentors to help you succeed and progress through graduate school. I have been very fortunate. Both of my mentors have been very involved in my academic work and development to enter the professoriate. I have been able to collaborate on scholarly research with my professors, and I have been introduced to academic and scholarly conferences through them also. While attending a conference where I presented, my professor was very gracious to introduce me to other colleagues, get me involved in the association’s activities, and she helped me feel welcome. These activities and opportunities have helped me get closer to the professoriate, and I attribute it to my faculty mentors!