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10 Life Lessons After College (that I Wish Someone Had Told Me) Without the pressure to be the best, you're free to explore new hobbies. . Yet, when I was in graduate school, I found myself helping out with papers and.

Last summer, after four years of hard work and dedication, I graduated with my bachelor’s degree. But like you, I’ve chosen a field that requires an even higher education: i.e., grad school.

This is far from a flawless success story.

Graduate school was not always in my sights—honestly, I didn’t give it serious thought until I was three years into undergrad. Therefore I planned very little, and jumped into the application process blindly. Being unprepared caused an abundance of avoidable stress. Learn from my mistakes, dear reader!

Here are four things I wish I had known, as well as tips and tricks I’ve learned about navigating the murky waters of graduate school.

1. Different universities and programs have different requirements

Not all graduate programs are the same. This may seem like a silly statement—of course graduate programs are different! But this thought didn’t cross my mind until I began applications for different schools. I quickly realized that different universities have varying requirements, even for the same degree! I knew I wanted a Master of Social Work degree. Shouldn’t the requirements be universal? Apparently not. I wasn’t prepared for these differences, and the extra work my ignorance caused was annoying at best.

Review your program’s requirements

Establish understanding of your target graduate program’s specific requirements. There may be significant differences between universities that you wouldn’t expect, which will leave you inadequately prepared. For example, I found that some of the courses I took in pursuit of my bachelor’s weren’t transferable to California State Universities—this would have complicated my admission, or possibly prevented it! Thankfully, my school of choice (a private university) accepted my transcripts… had they not, I would’ve needed to retake courses that I didn’t even enjoy the first time around.

Utilize Unbound’s Academic Advisors

As a part of their Degree Planning services, Unbound’s advising department offers support for future graduate students. Their advisors assist students in determining the prerequisites for specific programs, and ensure that undergrad degree plans fulfill those requirements. When an Academic Advisor knows your plans for grad school, they help you avoid the headache of non-transferable credit (if only I had talked to an Advisor prior to applying!)

2. Saving money on grad school is difficult—but not impossible

Unbound believes in avoiding debt (at all costs). However, to save money and evade debt during graduate school, you have to get creative.

Take prerequisites and graduate courses during your undergrad

When reviewing your program’s requirements, you may find there are specific prerequisite courses you need before attending. Instead of taking these courses as “bridge courses” after receiving your bachelor’s degree, include them in your initial undergrad degree plan. (Academic Advisors are pros at this!)

Additionally, some universities offer graduate courses at undergrad prices, so check if your undergrad degree plan has room for a few of these courses.

Apply for scholarships (yes, they exist!)

Scholarships may not be as readily available for graduate students as they are for undergrads, but with a little effort, you can find suitable scholarships. You may find that an online service like Scholly is helpful for your scholarship search.

You should also check with organizations you’re connected with to see if they have scholarships available. Your church, your parent’s employer, or a service organization you’re involved in may have scholarships you didn’t know of. It never hurts to ask!

Seek tuition assistance programs

One of the best ways to pay for graduate programs is to work. Ask your employer if they offer tuition assistance programs to help cover the costs of your education—many companies do. If they don’t, seeking employment at a company that does may be worth considering! Similar to tuition assistance programs, internships may be an option for you. Some employers have stipends available for graduate students who complete internships at that workplace. Receiving a stipend may entail committing to the company after graduation, so be sure to check the terms before signing the dotted line. Ask the financial aid or internship coordinator at your university if these internships are available to you.

3. Applications can be confusing

Grad school applications are anything but simple. Essays, and transcripts, and references… oh my! Each program expects your application to be completed in a particular way, and there’s little room for error. And while the university often lays out exactly what’s needed, there are so many distinct sections within an application that it’s easy to lose track of essential elements.

Make a checklist

One graduate program I applied to supplied a handy checklist detailing every required material. This list was invaluable to my sanity through the application process! If your university doesn’t create this for you, I highly recommend making one for yourself. This way, you can be certain you’ve included every little requirement.

Know your deadlines

Application deadlines also vary from program to program, and they may come earlier than you’d expect—sometimes up to a full year before your intended start date!

Keep track of your deadlines, and give yourself more time than you think you need to complete your application. Trust me. When it comes to preparing your application, it’s better to have extra time than to be pressed for it. You might face unexpectedly difficult essay questions, technical complications, or delays in communication with your references. Allotting more time to the application process will prevent stress down the road. (And your future self will thank you.)

4. Graduate programs have high standards

This shouldn’t scare you, but rather be an encouragement. Why? The fact that you want to go to grad school speaks volumes about who you are: a young person who hopes to accomplish more than the average Joe. Graduate schools look for students with hands-on experience, volunteerism, and good grades—all of your hard work will really pay off!

Strive for excellence

About 20 million students enroll in U.S. colleges and universities every year. But I guarantee that most of those 20 million students aren’t getting hands-on experience, volunteering, and maintaining a 3.5 GPA. This is good news for you, you focused and driven student! Keep striving to be the best you can be. It will set you apart from those less motivated, and will serve you well as you seek acceptance to grad school.

Maintain positive relationships

I’m sure you have exceptional relationships with the people you interact with on a regular basis. That’s great, because a substantial part of grad school applications depends on others’ opinions of you. It’s crucial that you maintain overwhelmingly positive ongoing relationships with professors, academic advisors, pastors, and supervisors; you’ll need letters of recommendation from them, and it’s always best to know that they think highly of you!

Though I could’ve made the process easier for myself, I am thrilled to tell you that I got into my master’s program of choice, and will begin attending this fall! While I made it into graduate school despite my lack of knowledge, do yourself a favor and prepare prior to applying. Getting into grad school doesn’t have to add worry lines to your forehead or grey hairs to your head!

A big shout-out to Unbound’s Academic Advising Manager, Joel Talley: he and his team did an incredible job helping me to better understand graduate school, and provided some of the tips I’ve shared with you!

Want your grad school applications to go more smoothly than mine did? Prepare for your bachelor’s and grad school simultaneously: contact an Academic Advisor today to create your Degree Plan!

Alyssa Conlee

Alyssa is a former Unbound student and Liberty University graduate and aspiring social worker who loves encouraging people to be who God designed them to be. You can learn more about Alyssa and read her latest posts on her blog.

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We asked experienced graduate students at UW-Madison what they wished they knew when they started as a new grad student. We hope you can learn from their advice for new graduate students! And this is just some of their wisdom. Come on over to Pres House on Tuesday, September 10 at 7pm for “What I Wish I Knew as a New Grad Student” to meet other grad students, enjoy dessert, and hear first-hand from experienced students what they wish they had known as new graduate students. And check out how to get connected to the Graduate Student Fellowship at Pres House. So here it is: “What I wish I knew” – advice for new graduate students:

ON MOVING: What was something you wish you had brought with you to Madison that you didn’t? What was something you brought that you didn’t need?

I wish I brought a bike to Madison.

I moved here with just one suitcase, so I ended up needing a lot. If there’s one thing that’s been a boon, it’s my slow cooker. Cook food for the entire week in 20 minutes!!

ON BEING A GRADUATE STUDENT: Being a graduate student is different from the undergraduate experience–what are some specific and unique things that are good to know about grad life?

Don’t treat it like continuing your undergraduate schooling—treat it like a job and getting training to perform your job better. This means putting in full days on campus and focusing on actually learning material, not just barely passing courses.

It’s important to take a break and relax. I have personally suffered from the feelings of guilt when I was first learning to be a graduate student. Don’t let your constant need to work all the time, stop you from having friends, sleeping, exercising, and playing. Remember to stay healthy.

All grad students are in the same boat. Sometimes your research won’t work, and sometimes projects are really frustrating. The most important part is to keep trying something new every day. Failed experiments do not reflect your ability to do research, and do not associate the success of your research project with your self worth. Be sure you find something outside of school to find enjoyment for the tough research days.

ON SUPPORT: Where are some places/resources on campus and in Madison you wish you knew about sooner and why?

The UHS (University Health Services) facility is a nice place to pop in for quick check-ups when having any small health problem and is much faster than going to a doctors office. For engineering students, the “COE Team” shop along with the Makerspace are both great for getting stuff built.

I wish I knew where the campus LGBTQ+ center was sooner, as it could have been an encouraging resource for me.

ON CHALLENGES: What were some unexpected challenges during the first year of graduate school and what helped?

I was surprised by how time intensive the first year of grad school was. Classes, teaching, and research filled my schedule as full as possible. One thing that helped when I felt overwhelmed was actually planning time to do literally anything else (usually with friends). Not only did this give me something to look forward to during the week, it made me stop thinking about school, which was a mental break I really needed. Find a group (Pres House!) that will let you recenter and get your mind off school for a while.

I suffered from “impostor syndrome” near the end of my first year. I started questioning my accomplishments and focusing my energy on the “what-ifs” related to school and the negative possibilities that may result in my future if I didn’t understand a topic or felt I did poorly on a test. Self-talk and meditation was helpful, as well as remembering to step back, making time to see friends, take care of myself and exercise. Structured activities at Pres House also helped me realize that I was not the only one who questioned life decisions and participated in thought-provoking and honest conversations with others.

ON BALANCE: Graduate school can be demanding and all consuming–what are some tips you have for maintaining a healthy and sane life balance and keeping perspective?

Don’t think that “real life” doesn’t start until you have graduated. “real life” is now. Live the life you want now, dont think you are just in this temporary phase that is somehow incomplete.

Sabbath! It helps to pick out one day on which you don’t feel bad for not working. It both motivates you to finish up what you’re doing on the day before, and keep procrastination activities (e.g. Netflix bingeing) to a minimum by giving you the decision to do that on your off day.

FAVORITES: 1. Restaurant and dish to order, 2. Place to meet people, 3. New activity to try, 4. Off campus spot to visit, 5. Can’t miss Wisconsin experience

1)Forage Kitchen – Thai Grain Bowl 2)Pres House 3)Ice Skating on Lake Mendota, Dane County Farmer’s Market 4)Wisconsin Capitol (of course) 5) Badger Football/Hockey Game, Summer Fest in Milwaukee

1) Coffee and pastries from Lakeside St. Coffee; beautiful and quiet location that works great for chatting with people or getting work done. 2) Terrace / Memorial union area is a great place to hang out and meet some new folks, don’t forget to stop by Pres House as well! 3) The UW Triathlon club has a very active group of graduate students who have a lot of fun with the sport. Many of us have little to no experience in swimming, biking, or running, but still found it a rewarding activity to improve at. Makes for a great de-stresser at the end of a long day too! 4) Devil’s lake is a beautiful state park to visit, definitely worth the drive at some point during your time in Madison (or you can bike up there for extra adventure and fun)! 5) Activities on the capitol square: be on the look-out for the farmers market, concerts on the square, and innumerable other events that happen near the capitol.

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What I Wish I Knew in Grad School: Current and Former Students Share 16 Tips

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More and more, a college degree is a prerequisite for employment. A recent survey from CareerBuilder found that many companies have increased the educational requirements for employees.

In fact, 41 percent of employers look for college-educated workers for positions that formerly required only a high school degree. Employers in the survey said that a college-educated workforce leads to high work quality, productivity, communication, and innovation, among other benefits.

But just having a degree does not mean that getting your first job out of college is automatic or easy. Here are seven things you can do during college to heighten your likelihood of getting a job quickly — plus, a look at entry-level job titles, and jobs by major.

Here are seven practical things you can do to get a post-grad job:

Get Out of the Classroom

Attending college allows you to explore ideas and gain knowledge. Revel in this opportunity — take classes that go beyond the requirements of your major so you get a full, well-rounded education. (You never know: that "unrelated" class you take sophomore year could spark a passion that resets your career aspirations.)

But classes are not the only place you can learn — they may be deeply informative, but there's no substitute for on-the-job experience. Nearly any job will help you gain hard and soft skills, broaden your network and help you discover what work you love (and which jobs you'd prefer to avoid). When choosing a job, look for ways you can earn the top skills that employers seek in candidates, including strong communication abilities and problem-solving skills.

As well, if you know what kind of job you'd like to have after graduation, look for a role within that industry — whether it's a volunteer position, internship, or part-time job. Here’s information on how to find an internship.

Find a Mentor

This sounds very official. Don't get intimidated! A trusted friend, a parent, or a professor can all make excellent mentors. A mentor can help you think through what kind of job you want, weigh your options for a part-time job, help you negotiate an offer, read your cover letter, or practice interviews. If you already know what field you want to work in after graduation, it's especially ideal to have a mentor within the industry. (Perhaps someone who you met during one of your industry-related part-time or summer break jobs fits the bill!) But even if you are still figuring out what kind of work you want to do, and which industries interest you most, it's helpful to have a mentor to think through your options.

Build Friendships and Relationships

Between classes, shared meals, study groups, social and cultural events, and dorms (for students who live on campus), it's hard not to make friends during college. In fact, these relationships are one of the big advantages of attending college: you are forming a broad network of people, and thanks to social media, you'll likely stay in touch with them your whole lifetime. These people are friends, yes, but they may also introduce you to other helpful contacts, or help you find a job. Prioritize building these relationships, along with your education.

Spend Time Networking

And, of course, do more traditional networking throughout your college career. Start by creating a LinkedIn profile: It's OK if you do not have a lot of career information at first — that'll come. List your education, and connect with people you meet (such as visiting lecturers, students who are graduating before you, etc.). Here are three reasons why a LinkedIn profile is helpful and tips for what to include in your profile. As well, you can create a Twitter account and use it to share industry news and follow industry influencers.

Semester break is an ideal time to ramp make connections, and ramp up your job search activities. As you get closer to graduation, go beyond the Internet in your networking efforts: Set up coffee dates or phone calls with friends who graduated a few years ago — ask them what they’d do differently in their job search, and what their most effective strategies were. Attend informational sessions from companies, job fairs, and other in-person events. Follow these tips to get the most out of job fairs — and always remember to connect with people you met in person on LinkedIn and send a thank you note to any company representatives you spoke with.

Get Your Resume Ready

It’s never too early to write and refine your resume. You can write one your first year of college, and then update it annually or at the end of each semester. Every honor you receive (such as getting on the Dean’s list) is worth including on your resume, as are all positions you hold, both paid and unpaid. Review these articles to help get started crafting your resume:

Go on Informational Interviews

It can be overwhelming to apply for jobs right out of college. Job titles may feel confusing, and many positions will say “entry level” but also demand a hefty amount of on-the-job experience. Informational interviews can be a great aide to help you figure out which jobs are reasonable for you to apply to — and which ones aren’t. That’s important, because these are a near-endless amount of jobs posted online, and you want to target your efforts so you apply to only relevant, attainable roles.

As well as giving you valuable information that will help you target your job search and be informed during job interviews, informational interviews are an opportunity to form connections with a company and its staffers. If you shine during an informational interview, you might be considered for a position later on.

Check in With Your Career Office at School

Consider this one of the perks of your college experience. Your career office can connect you with alumni to do informational interviews, help you practice interview skills, review your resume, connect you with career tests, and so much more. See more information on how your alumni network can assist you during your job search.

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What I Wish I Had Known About Getting Into Grad School

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How to Get Into Harvard for Grad School

Hint: It’s easier than you might think

There are few moments in my life that I remember more fondly than the first time I received a call from a 617 area code and my iPhone pinned it to Boston, MA. I was in mid-conversation with someone at school when I looked down at my vibrating phone and shouted, “Holy sh*t!” I had applied to Harvard University only one month earlier, but I didn’t really know if I had a chance.

It turned out that the person on the other end of that phone call was a professor who wanted me to come out to visit Harvard for an interview. Me. Harvard.

Up until that point, going to Harvard had been my dream. I told people that it was my ultimate goal, and I felt crazy for saying it. Who knows what they thought? My parents didn’t graduate college. Hell, I barely graduated high school. I went to a state school for college. But if I would’ve taken all those doubts seriously, I would have never gotten that phone call. And without a bit of self-confidence, I would have never been accepted.

But it takes more than just self-confidence. There are a couple other things you must do.

Though everyone might give you slightly different advice, I am here to help you if I can. In my opinion, there are certain fundamentals that are critical.

So, these are FOUR KEY PRINCIPLES that I’ve identified on how to get into Harvard for grad school:

1. Apply!

This may sound obvious, but you would be surprised by how many highly qualified students simply don’t apply. They may have many good reasons for not doing so, such as not wanting to live through a New England winter (I get that!) or wanting to go somewhere else instead, but feelings of inadequacy are by far the most common.

The low acceptance rates may intimidate you. But do you know your chance of getting accepted if you don’t apply? Spoiler: It’s zero.

Plus, acceptance rates are much higher for Harvard’s grad programs than they are for undergrads (for undergrads last year it was only 4.6%!). In my program, for instance, about 10% are accepted. I’ve heard of other programs that accept closer to 30% of applicants. But the thing about acceptance rates is that some applicants may have zero chance of getting in, and this brings down the average. These people may have F’s in classes in their chosen field, or they may have made mistakes on their application. They may have sent in a statement of purpose that mentions how much they want to go to Duke (I’ve heard this really happened!).

But still, people who don’t get in the first time can refine their applications and reapply — if this is something they want to do.

This is my earnest advice: If you kicked decent butt in college, you automatically have a better chance than whatever the acceptance rate might be. So do yourself a favor and just apply (but keep reading because there are other important pieces of advice to consider, too).

I was by no means the smartest undergrad at Oregon State University. Sure, I had many strong points on my resume. I was consistently getting A’s in my classes, I had research experience, and I had strong letters of recommendation. But many of my peers had these things too.

So, what separated me from them?

I applied to Harvard and they did not.

You may be surprised to hear thatmost grad students at Harvard never thought they would get accepted. They didn’t all go to prestigious undergrads. They didn’t all hail from wealthy parents or have family members who were alumni. They didn’t all have 4.0’s or ace the GREs, either. And they weren’t all from the United States. But they all had one thing in common: they applied.

2. Don’t ever count yourself out

A major reason that people think they have no chance is that they find ONE weak point they think they have on their resumes. They might think their grades aren’t quite good enough, that their GRE scores are only mediocre, that they don’t have enough research experience, that their training is not transferable, or that they aren’t smart enough. I thought these things at one point, too.

Do not — I repeat — DO NOTtry to put yourself in the minds of the admission’s committees. You won’t be able to figure out exactly what they’re looking for and you won’t know who will be looking at your application. I guarantee that you are much harder on yourself than anyone else will be on you. You don’t have to be perfect.

What I told myself was the following:

Real people go to Harvard. So, why can’t I?

This was my mantra for at least two years. It encouraged me to work my hardest, then apply. I left the rest up to the spirit of the universe.

And when I got here, guess what? The other students at Harvard actually were real people. They weren’t all geniuses. Forget what you see in the movies. At Harvard, you will definitely have to get used to not being the best all the time, but I guarantee that if you did OK in undergrad then you’re going to kill it here.

I have learned that there is really no single part of your application that can disqualify you — at least, within reason. For instance, it turns out that my program did not care much at all about the GREs (in fact, they don’t even require it anymore for new applicants). They put the most emphasis on research experience, letters of recommendation, and the statement of purpose.

They also considered the well-roundedness of the incoming cohort. Though I didn’t know it at the time, I had a niche research interest and there were a couple of professors who wanted to work with me.

There is no way I could’ve known these things. In fact, the thought of any Harvard professor wanting to work with me was hardly fathomable.

So what is the take home here? Of course, you need to have good grades, you may need decent GRE scores, you likely need to have some hands-on experience, and your recommenders need to know your strengths and speak to your potential. And you need to have a compelling statement of purpose. But you may just need some combination of these things — not all of them.

Remember: Real people do go to Harvard. And — I’m going to guess — YOU TOO ARE A REAL PERSON.

3. Find a grad program that is a GREAT fit

This may actually be the hardest part about getting into Harvard. You need to have a semblance of an idea about what you want to study in grad school, and you need to have some story about why you want to study that particular subject at this particular school.

This may require you to talk to people who study these subjects. Talk to other students at your university. Volunteer in a research group while you’re in undergrad (but try to get paid for your time, if possible!). Ask professors for their help on how to identify a specific area and what sorts of programs you might apply to.

This may take some time and some reflection, but it will be very important when you’re describing why you want to join a specific program.

You don’t need to know exactly what you will study before you apply. You will probably change your mind once you get here anyway. Most grad programs will have certain course requirements and will make you try out different research groups before you make a final pick. Their goal is to help you identify and develop your interests.

You should have a general idea though. Like:

Are you going to apply to programs in psychology or neuroscience? Creative writing or sociology? Biomedical science research or chemistry? You get the idea.

You may not need to have a ton of direct experience in the subject either. You would be surprised by how many musicians go into engineering programs, and how many basic biologists enter computational programs. If you worked on drosophila in your undergrad lab but think you want to work with mice in grad school, no problem. If you worked with kids in the past, but want to study adults in the future — it’s not a huge stretch. You may only need to demonstrate your aptitude to learn new things.

It may be harder to pull some subject out of thin air and say, “I’m going to be an astronaut,” without having taken some discrete steps first. But if you take some relevant classes, do a similar project in an internship, or what-have-you, you can still make your case. You would be surprised by how many of your skills are deemed to be transferable and how much Harvard values diversity. They do not want robots. They want to train you to be the best you you can be (as cheesy as that sounds).

So, I’d say that as long as you have some basic knowledge about the area and you can make your case, many grad programs would be happy to consider you. After all, multi-disciplinary research is the future. And remember: you are going to grad school to learn.

This may go without saying, but there are two major reasons why grad programs often put so much effort into sprucing up their webpages: 1) they want to provide useful info to potential students, and 2) they want to attract people like you to apply. Use these resources. If you are unsure about whether you have the required experience, email them. If you have any questions, ask them.

Also important: If you think you may do research in grad school, you should find a program with at least two professors who you might want to work with. Email professors to ask one or two questions(like, will they be advising incoming students).You will be surprised by how many return your messages (as long as you keep them short!). But even if they don’t respond, you can still indicate on your application when and who you contacted — and you’ll look like a badass who knows what she/he wants.

4. Be authentic

I hate to break it to you, but grad school will likely be the hardest thing you’ve ever done in your life.

There are ups, there are downs, there are more downs, and then there are more downs. And then you’ll have an upswing. You have to hang in there. But this is common even when youlove your grad program.

It may sound crazy, but 25% of the students in my cohort quit our PhD program within two years of starting. Yes, they dropped out of Harvard. No, they did not do it because they started a $1 billion company in California. They did it because it wasn’t a good fit. Not every program is right for every person.

So, how do you ensure this doesn’t happen to you? During the application process, you will be tempted to make yourself sound like someone you’re not. You might consider talking about how passionate you are about something when you really couldn’t care less. This is a mistake.

You have to be able to describe why you want to join the specific program. You have to know why you want to go Harvard and not some other school. And for heaven’s sake, you have to know why you want to go grad school in general. And never say that you want to go to Harvard because it’s Harvard (I’ve seen this sink many, many people).

You don’t have to know exactly what you want to do when you graduate (though you should have an idea). You might be tempted to pretend that you want to stay in academia and become a professor some day, but you don’t have to do that if that’s something you know you don’t want to do. I didn’t do that. I knew I wanted to use my science PhD to affect public policy and I was honest about it in my statement of purpose and during my interviews. And the professors responded well to that.

You have to be true to yourself and be straightforward with everyone involved in the admissions process.

In the end, I honestly told myself:

If Harvard doesn’t think I’m a good fit, then I don’t want to go to Harvard.

You have to trust the process, because, like I said earlier: grad school is too hard to be in a program that is not right for you.

Applying to grad school should be a mutual process, as applying to a job should be. I can guarantee you that you do not want to go to a grad program where you aren’t a good fit — even if it’s at Harvard. Because once you’re here, you’re just one of the crowd. You stop feeling so special. And if you hate it here, you could hate your life or end up dropping out. Or both. I’d say that’s a lose-lose.

In conclusion:

Apply. Don’t count yourself out. Find a program that is a GREAT fit. Be authentic.

My undergrad research advisor defined what makes a perfect grad student. In his mind, the best students are:

1) passionate
2) independent and self-motivated
3) good writers

If you can follow my advice while demonstrating that you have any of these qualities — or, bonus if you have all three — then you are golden. I would even like to argue that these are good pointers for anything in life, and it isn’t only for how to get into Harvard.

I should also say that grad school can be an amazing time. This is why it’s so important to find a program that is right for you. It may be one of the hardest times of my life, but it will definitely be one of the best too.

Lastly, this is something else that is also very key:

Harvard is not the be-all and end-all.

There are other AMAZING schools out there. The U.S. is home to many of the greatest schools in the world. Dozens. Maybe 50–100. I know plenty of people who turned down their offer at Harvard to attend grad school elsewhere. Don’t think that this is the only way to find success.

We can all get great educations, we can all find amazing careers, and we can all change the world — if those are things that we want.

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