Posts Tagged ‘The Princeton Review’

As a rising senior, from George Mason University, I’m getting a lot of pressure from my family, friends, and colleagues to figure out “what I want to do with my life” post-graduation. Do I want to work right away, apply to graduate school, apply to law school, do a mission with the Peace Corps — the options seem endless, but what is the “right” choice? In the workshop session “Secrets of Getting into Grad School,” Rachel DiCaro Mitscher from the Princeton Review helped students figure out the next steps of their life after their undergraduate graduation.

Rachel helped attendees break down some key questions for deciding whether they should go to grad school or not. Her questions included whether grad school was practical (in terms of funding, scholarships, loans) and whether attendees thought they could get a job afterward (i.e., what companies are recruiting from the programs you are looking into).

Additionally, many times there is an emphasis on a “name,” like Harvard or Yale, but Rachel explained that finding a grad school is like finding a glove that fits just right. Just because you may get into a school like Harvard or Yale, doesn’t mean that’s the right school for you. You may have preferred a smaller setting with less students, and, in the end, although you may have a degree, being miserable might not have been worth it it. Rachel explained how it was important to find a school that felt right to you, somewhere you believed you could expand intellectually and personally to be a better all-around person.

Finally, Rachel gave us timelines and tips for looking at and considering grad schools. She said to know the school, go and visit the school, call them up and talk to someone — try to talk to a student — about the positives and negatives of a school. Don’t waste your money on applications if you would not even considering going to the school. Know deadlines and submit your application way before it; choose wisely, and start your application months in advance. Ultimately, it’s also important to make sure graduate school is what you want to do, and it better help you find a job.

Rachel’s vast knowledge about graduate school and law school combined with her bubbly personality helped the students in the workshop have a better grasp on what to do and how to do it in order to get into grad school. She encouraged students to not hesitate about thinking about their next steps in life — begin now! Finally, she reminded the women that we are what we allow ourselves to become, and we must be proactive in making our future brighter!

This post is by Amanda-Rae Barboza, NASPA intern.  Amanda-Rae studies Government and International Affairs at George Mason University.

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Interested in an Opportunity for FREE AAUW Membership for Undergraduate Students?

AAUW is hosting two College/University Partnership Webinars on January 25, 2010: one at 1 p.m. EST for college/university representatives and one at 6 p.m. EST for AAUW member leaders. The webinars will provide an overview of AAUW’s college/university partner member program and will highlight the extensive benefits that AAUW offers to students. The webinar for AAUW member leaders will also cover specific strategies for recruiting and retaining c/u partner members.

Students who attend institutions that are AAUW college/university partner members get priority on a number of opportunities for leadership development, education, and project funding. Additionally, they gain access to cutting-edge gender equity research and policy initiatives and receive exclusive member discounts on numerous products, including books from Barnes and Noble, test-preparation materials from The Princeton Review, and so much more! Plus, all undergraduate students at AAUW college/university partner members are immediately eligible to be FREE AAUW e-student affiliates and to receive a FREE, full-year membership after they graduate!

As a graduate student in higher education administration, I understand the importance of resources and services that benefit the college students I interact with on a daily basis. As a future student affairs professional, I can assure you that involvement with AAUW and the college/university partner member program will be the best decision you can make for your institution or an institution in your community.

Throughout the webinar you will hear about student experiences with AAUW programs and learn about key benefits associated with college/university partner membership and, most importantly, you’ll be able to tell us what types of resources would benefit your institutions. You’ll also learn how AAUW is already helping colleges and universities.

Please share the information about this webinar with your colleagues and e-mail khorakiwalaz@aauw.org to RSVP for the webinar. After you RSVP, you will receive specific instructions on how to participate closer to the January 25, 2010, event.

Are there specific resources or benefits that your college/university or one in your community is seeking from AAUW? We would love to hear your feedback!

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For many people interested in pursuing an MBA, the GMAT is the first step. Men tend to score higher on the GMAT and take the test in greater numbers, so how can a female applicant stand out? The Princeton Review is offering a free Women and MBA Webinar Tuesday, July 14, from 8–9:30 p.m., which features GMAT and admissions experts who will provide advice and address test-taking strategies.

Women tend to go to medical and law schools rather than business schools. According to emba.org, the reason is that medical and law schools have more obvious career paths, because law and medicine are both professions in themselves, whereas “business” can refer to any number of fields.

Currently, only 30 percent of students currently enrolled in MBA programs are women, but that number is increasing. Some programs, such as Emory University’s Goizuetta School, are reaching out more to prospective minority and women applicants, and other MBA programs that actively recruit women offer scholarships and grants to female applicants.

Many women interviewed about their time in business school said that it was a positive experience, but to many female students, “business” is an amorphous concept that doesn’t necessarily sound appealing. Some common misconceptions and fears women have about going to business school are that they won’t be welcome by the men that are already there, there won’t be any female professors, or that they won’t have time for school, jobs, and/or a family. And of course, there’s the price tag.

In the end, if a woman really wants an MBA, she — and her loved ones — will have to make an enormous commitment, albeit one that should pay off financially and personally in the long run. But the first step is the GMAT. So join AAUW and the Princeton Review tomorrow night to learn about the test and the admissions process and to find out if business school is for you.

This post is by Alyssa Dent, summer AAUW Membership Fellow.

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Graduations are upon us, many a campus this week will be filled with caps and gowns and smiling families, but let’s be honest, there will also be a bit of tension in the air. Like everybody else, I’ve been reading the headlines: “Job Hunt Proves Difficult for 2009 Graduates,” and “College Grads Now Facing Higher Unemployment Rate,” for example. I did run across an interesting one from Time, but then I looked at the date and was reminded of the old adage about history repeating itself.

I also found a good FastCompany article, “Top Jobs for 2009,” providing a good collection of tips for those graduating. This led me to thinking about the AAUW resources our members can use to help the graduates in their lives. There are lots! I have listed some below, but take a moment and browse through the AAUW website for more resources, information, and benefits that might be of use to someone you know.

Before you read the list, promise yourself that you will take action on at least one of these items. The more we spread our knowledge to the young women of today, the better equipped they will be to face the challenges that are tough enough already and made tougher simply because of their gender.

  • Give a Grad a Gift: You should do this no matter what! Any member can give the gift of membership to a recent graduate — for free.
  • CareerBuilder: Online job search with AAUW and CareerBuilder
  • Princeton Review: AAUW’s official test prep partner, The Princeton Review, can save students and graduates 15 percent on classroom and live online courses for the LSAT, MCAT, GRE, GMAT, SAT, and ACT.
  • AAUW’s Fellowships and Grants: These support aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented. If you know someone already in grad school and looking for funding, steer them here.
  • Pay Equity (or lack thereof): Make sure they know they are facing challenges in this arena. Encourage them to read the AAUW report Behind the Pay Gap, showing that just one year out of college, women working full time already earn less than their male colleagues earn, even when they work in the same field. Ten years after graduation, the pay gap widens.
  • Your Branch and State: What resources or financial help do you offer graduates?

And — simply put — talk, talk, and talk some more. Any chance you have to interact with students or recent grads, take a few moments and let them know there is a community of women who care, who take action, who support them. Who? Why that’s us, of course, AAUW!

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