November 10 2016

Wrapping up Fall 2016

by Barbie in Academia, Editing, Grad School

We’re nearly halfway through November, and Thanksgiving is just two weeks away. Once you return to campus after the holiday break, you’ll be in the midst of final exams, dissertation and thesis revisions, and, in some cases, graduation. Before you walk across that stage and earn your degree, there’s work to do, and we’re here to help.

We have several projects lined up for our clients who are graduating this semester. We’re helping them polish their dissertation proposals before their defense and editing the final draft of their capstone projects. Others are writing manuscripts to submit to peer-reviewed journals. We have some availability for the remainder of 2016, so now is the time to get on our schedule.

Email barbie@carpenterdoc.com today. Happy writing!

August 26 2010

Prepare for grad school this semester

by Barbie in Grad School

You’ve finally made it to your senior year of college–and you’re ready for more. If you’re planning to apply to graduate school, now is the time to start getting your application materials ready. Don’t put it off until the last minute. Instead, start collecting resources now, at the beginning of the semester.

Here are some considerations to make:

Build a relationship with your professors.

You’ll need recommendations to get into any graduate program, and most schools expect at least one recommendation from a professor. Get to know your professors this semester, or maintain relationships with your favorite professors from previous semesters. You want them to know you well enough to write a strong recommendation.

Get practical experience.

If you don’t have hands-on experience in your field, now is the time to get it. If you’re a broadcasting major, volunteer to work at the campus television station. Practical experience shows graduate schools that you have a desire to learn and the real-world skills to be successful in your field.

Start brainstorming.

The essay or personal statement is a common component of any graduate school application. Brainstorm about potential topics for these essays, and keep track of your ideas in a notebook. Work on a few drafts of personal statements in your free time so that  you have plenty of time to revise and work with an editor. This component of your application can be the difference between an acceptance and a rejection.