Lady Lennia Chelsea Palumbo on Networking
When I was sitting here thinking about what the differences are between applying for graduate school vs undergraduate school two things stuck out in my mind. You need three professional references where when applying for undergraduate. This aspect of the application is very big! This is where all four years of networking comes together and you can find yourself grid-
locked if you have not developed good relationships with your teachers.
When I was applying for graduate schools I had about four or five teachers and my boss that I had great relationships with, and I didn't use the same group for every application. I moved them around strategically on my list of references. For example, one of my professors does a great deal of research for nutrition and works with a lot of colleges all over Ohio. So when I was applying for Kent State I asked her to be a reference because she knew me really well and she knew a lot of people at Kent State. I also asked one of my teachers who was not a Dietetics teacher, but a Food Science teacher who also is the president of graduate admissions for BG, because she is extremely professional.
So, if there is something I would like you to pull from this is that the personal relationships you have developed through undergraduate weigh heavy during application time. If you have been sitting in the back of the class all three years and asked for little help I suggest moving up a couple rows, utilizing office hours, and emailing your teachers from time to time about class. Even though all the aspects of the graduate application are important, the references they receive tell what kind of person you are and whether they themselves would like to interact with you. So if you haven't yet – network like hell during this next semester!
Your Lady Lennia,