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Author Archive | Linda Abraham

Writing About Resilience in the Face of Failure

Essay questions dealing with failure, risk, mistakes, and difficult interactions or conflict often cause applicants to cringe, squirm, and bite their nails. After all, like all of our clients, you want to show yourself succeeding and conquering the world in your essays and personal statements, not falling down. But there’s a reason why these questions […]

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5 Tips for Acceptance to a Physician Assistant Program

Over the years, I’ve helped many students get accepted into Physician Assistant (PA) Programs across the country. To apply to PA programs, you will use the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). To help you send in an application that effectively presents your qualifications, I’m including five tips below to ensure that you, too, […]

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Approaching the Diversity Essay Question

Many applications now have a question, sometimes optional, encouraging people with minority backgrounds, unusual educational histories, or unusual family histories to write about their background. How Are YOU Diverse? First the easy answer: If you are an immigrant to the US, the child of immigrants, or someone whose ethnicity is considered a minority in the […]

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Down But Not Out: 3 Tips for Handling Grad School Rejection

Receiving a rejection letter from your top pick grad school can be demotivating, discouraging and downright depressing. It can make you question your skills (I just can’t write a good personal statement!), question your efforts (I must not have tried hard enough!), and even question your passion for your field (I just don’t know if […]

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When Should You Apply to Grad School?

Congratulations! You’ve decided to go for an advanced degree. Are you wondering when to apply and how to get started? Here are some things that will help you determine your readiness to apply: 1. You have a specific goal that needs a graduate degree. If you want to become a lawyer, doctor, or researcher, then […]

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More Ways to Deal with Your Low GPA

Several months ago we shared 3 tips on dealing with a low GPA. Here are 2 more tips to get you out of that GPA rut and help you create a strong application, despite your low stats. 1. Add context to your low GPA   Despite taking additional classes and having a great test score, […]

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4 Tips to Starting a Great Statement of Purpose

You’ve prepared yourself physically and mentally to write your Statement of Purpose (SOP) or personal statement – computer fully charged, a cup of your favorite beverage, and the desire to write. Now, how do you get started? Here are 4 things you need to write a great statement of purpose: 1. A clearly thought-out goal. […]

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3 Steps to Staying Organized During the Application Process

Applying to multiple grad schools can be a juggling act – staying on top of the many deadlines, essays, letters of recommendation, and other supporting documents can seem like an impossible job. You want to stay organized so that you submit the most complete and effective grad school application possible. Creating a system that works […]

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Deciding Where to Apply to Grad School? 6 Things to Keep in Mind

You know the things grad schools are looking for in an ideal applicant – high undergrad grades and test scores, a cohesive, well-written, persuasive personal statement, impressive work experience, and the wherewithal to complete the program. But what are the things that YOU should consider when deciding which schools to apply to? Here are some […]

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Get Grad Schools Excited About Your Application

With so many MBA and other grad school applicants vying for the same spots, you are going to need to impress upon the admissions committee why you are the best candidate around. Of course, self-proclaimed manifestos of plans for future good deeds are hardly a convincing argument for these weathered pros who have already seen […]

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