Waiting To Hear Back? DON’T WAIT

Waiting to hear back from schools that I had applied to was perhaps the most nerve racking experience I had ever gone through. There is no one to call and ask, and except for the April 15th university agreement date, there is no obvious date that you will receive that email. For those of you who are still in school or working full time, this may be enough to occupy your mind. I myself was in my last semester of undergrad and working 30 hours a week and still inevitably creep into my mind.

Perhaps the best advice I can give is to continue to develop yourself as a scholar in your field. Attend any workshops or conferences that can assist you in your career development. Continue to ingest as much information regarding your prospective career. Remember you are training for your vocation in and outside of the classroom. In doing so you focus on what you are trying to create with your continuing education and you leave the decision making process out of your head – as much as possible :-) – and continue working independent of who does or does not accept you.

IU was my final application date (Jan 15th) so by now I had all of my applications submitted. Unless you are applying for a masters degree I suspect those of you reading this who applied for next year have submitted all apps as well. This is an amazing accomplishment!!! And while you may not recognize it you have taken the time to submit a reflection of your previous personal and academic accomplishments and argued why the training of each respective program can develop you into the professional you aspire to be.

Much of the denial process from my perspective was not because I was not qualified, or not “good enough”, but rather my “fit” with that program either did not come across effectively in my personal statement or it did, and the respective committee simply chose otherwise. When you want something and you do not get it the reasons can sometimes be pointless, but remember that there is a program and a place for you, and that was and is your task. I sincerely wish everyone the greatest possible outcome!!! No later than April 15th……….

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.

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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.

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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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