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graduate school means building up the academic experiences that will lead to a strong application.
In your first two years of college:
In your junior year of college:
In the summer after your junior year or the summer before you plan to apply for graduate school:
In the fall of your senior year or one year before you plan to attend graduate school:
In the spring of your senior year or the spring before you plan to attend graduate school:
Taking time off
Many graduate schools are happy to consider applications from students who take off a year or more to work, travel or to gain additional experience after receiving a bachelor's degree. If you do take off time, take the opportunity to get involved in your community, in local writing groups, in writing projects for community service organizations or in other growth or travel experiences that will give you plenty to write about in your applications and talk about in interviews. The steps above may be completed after graduation, but you may wish to
ask your advisors for letters and assistance with the personal statement prior to graduation.
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