Monday, January 10, 2011

OMSA Graduate and Professional School Application Workshop Part 1: Ease Some Stress Out of Your Life

A 1966 Time Magazine article explored the "graduate school squeeze," a colorful illustration of the sudden necessity for students to pursue graduate studies in order to remain competitive members in an American Society. The impetus resulted from some problems that today's students don't necessarily have to face: an insurgence of baby boomers flooding into undergraduate schools, the "threat" of Selective Service, and an increase in vocational expectations in lieu of shaping students ready to compete in a globalized economy--but there is one common denominator that always seems to transcend time, and that is that unholy entity-- stress.

Decades ago, applying to Graduate School was just as daunting:

  • "My fate depends on a couple of people sitting in an office 2,000 miles away," says a Yale senior. Vanderbilt Senior Robert Thiel worked three days on his application to Yale, including a five-page essay and translation of a long English paragraph into German and French, got a one-sentence rejection. He spent five hours on his Stanford application, got a two-paragraph form rejection."
  • "I really don't feel prepared to do anything with this liberal arts education," says one Yale senior who has applied at law schools. "You've just got to go to graduate school." Another contends that "the pressure is parental—and it almost killed me." He finally said "To hell with it" and joined the Peace Corps. "
  • "Harvard also took the applicant who pleaded in the margin: "Help me!"...He dropped out after one term."
You don't have to cry for help, or join the Peace Corps (unless you really want to) OMSA's got you covered.

5710 S. Woodlawn Ave. January 20th, 2011
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Let's help the article written about Graduate Students 50 years from now be a little less dismal. Shall we?
-Aaron Talley
-Class of 2013, 5710 Student Intern