Happy New Year everyone!. It been a long time I posted on my wordpress. My name is AJIBADE, Kehinde James, am a graduate student. I want to share some of the things I did when applying to graduate school.
Studying abroad may be tougher than expected if you don’t get funding/scholarship in terms of Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA)/Graduate Research Assistant(GRA)/any form of scholarship from the school you plan to attend, except you’re born with a silver spoon.
Studying abroad doesn’t come easy as you think. You might be lucky and get a fully funded opportunity on your first try. You might be tempted to ask how many times I have tried. Lol
The following might come in handy in preparing for the journey ahead.
Firstly, you need to decide on your course of study. To save you some stress, you can peruse the website http://graddecision.org/ for details on the application process. You may also like to search for schools using www.msinus.com, www.gradschools.com, www.google.com (you can just type ‘msc in bla bla in the us in google), www.usnews.com, www.4icu.org
Secondly, don’t be afraid of writing GRE/GMAT, TOEFL/IELTS. Note that not every school in the US require that you write any one of these exams; you can get a detailed list of Schools in the US that falls into this category on Google. I can also help with some of the schools if you like. For those of you who are interested in writing the GRE, it is advised that you only book an appointment when you believe your ready- no need wasting 200 dollars, if you know what I mean – to take the exam. Most of the details on how to register and prepare can be found at www.ets.org. I have compiled some relevant materials that could aid your preparation, they can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/t9ot6d07hp1lkm7/AADL_dTihjEvNBRCBsmAcoXja?dl=0
TOEFL is an English test required by some US universities. Some schools have waivers for students who had their previous studies in English speaking schools, Nigerian schools happen to enjoy some of these waivers.
For TOEFL, all you need are the speaking noteful videos in the link below, the ets toefl guide is enough to ace the exam for other sections. Just download the toefl ETS Guide from there website and the simulation test.
As for the tuition; if you have good results (GRE, GPA, TOEFL), SOP and LOR, US schools do offer financial assistance to graduate students. This can either be Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant or Administrative Assistant. Depending on the school, if you get an assistantship, your tuition will be waived and you will be given a monthly stipend to cover your living expenses. One advice, once you shortlist schools, send emails to the graduate coordinator of the schools and ask specific questions relating to that course and funding opportunities, be very explicit.
Lastly, there are basically 2 admission session in the US, Spring (Jan) and Fall (August). Schools admit more students in Fall, so Its advisable you plan towards Fall 2018. If you plan to resume in fall 2018, make sure you submit all your application documents before ending of Dec 2017. Don’t forget God-factor.
Here are some of the website you should check everyday for information 1. Join Nairaland. Google Nairaland. There are thousands of informations on Nairaland. Here are some of the important threads you should read everyday
Note: Read from Part 10 to the present part. You will thank me later
Note: Read from part 10 to the current part
Note: Read all the articles or read the first one that says preparing to apply to grad school.