Mentors in grad school

M. Council (council@LUNA.CAS.USF.EDU)
Thu, 16 Mar 1995 09:20:09 -0500

I saw a question here recently, "how important are mentors in grad school?"
The view from the graduate secretarial Throne which I occupy is this:

There are many programs which *require* you to be selected by a mentor to
be admitted in the first place. Programs tend not to have unlimited
resources, and consequently cannot admit everyone who applies. Although
an applicant may have a stellar GRE and GPA, that does not guarantee
entry into a grad program, especially a PhD program;

A program will not admit students whose interests are unlikely to be
accommodated by the program. That would serve no one.

Of course, it helps to have a bit of *direction* in mind when applying to
graduate school. You wouldn't believe how many cover letters and
statements of intent I see from folks who have very little idea about
their own goals. It's way more impressive to know what you want out of a
graduate program.

It can help to check out Peterson's Guide's lists of faculty members and
their research interests and recent publications.

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