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Page 8 Advice provided for seniors as they plan for the future Tips for applying to grad school 1. The sooner a student gets an application in, the sooner they will accept you. 2. Schools don’t wait until the deadline to review applicant pool. 3. Graduate school is inten­ sive, if you are not passionate about the field of study, chances are enthusiasm could diminish. 4. Try to keep indebtedness to between 8 and 15 percent of salary projected by career and occupation. 5. Don’t be afraid to mention aast academic mistakes. 6. Consider Return of Invest­ ment when thinking about graduate school. 7. In a students statement of aurpose, use concrete examples from your life experience to sup­ port your thesis and distinguish yourself from other applicants. 8. In a student’s statement of purpose, don’t include information that doesn’t support your thesis. 9. When choosing a school, look at what is most important to you whether it be faculty with similar research interests, or re­ spectability among other programs. 10. If a student doesn’t get in, apply to more schools, have safe schools, take additional classes, or wait a year and gain some experi­ ence in the field of study. bv chris torrens On October 25, 2006, Rosie Walsh of Carroll’s Career Services, held a graduate school workshop, giving key advice to those who will be attending graduate school after Carroll. Walsh says, “the goal of this workshop is to help make students aware of the process and steps of applying to graduate school, and equip them with the skills to be successful in applying to competi­ tive graduate programs.” Topics such as how to research schools and programs, financing graduate school, and the impor­ tance of the personal statement and essays were presented. Among topics discussed during this workshop, Walsh says, “the most important piece of your ap­ plication is your graduate school essay and personal statement, this is the keystone of your application, profile bv chris torrens For 16 years, Rosie Walsh of Carroll’s Career and Testing Ser­ vices has assisted Carroll students with career development. Walsh, a Carroll Graduate, returned in 1988 while figuring out her own path to graduate school. It was during her time with resident life that she would discover her passion. While working for Resident Life, Walsh soon discovered that students were leaving for many reasons. One of these reasons was students did not have a major of interest or career goals. Walsh found this to be a problem and soon brought her con­ cerns to the administration. Once Carroll administration accepted plans to create a career develop- and you want to craft this docu­ ment.” Walsh suggests that evaluators look for essays that are unusual, diverse, and make the student stand out from their competition. In addi­ tion, evaluators look for thoughtful, mature, and well prepared essays. Because many students have had academic trouble in the past, Walsh also suggests that the student should “come out and say it” and name past academic mis­ takes in their essays and show how they have over come it. By stating mistakes, the evaluator recognizes that the student is taking responsi­ bility for their actions. Financial aid for graduate school students was also a topic that was found to be helpful. Walsh presented students with three types of ways students can finance their graduate school education includ- ment center, Walsh was appointed to guide students in their search of finding the right career and major. Wanting to provide a wide range of career development ser­ vices for students, Walsh created a place where students could look at careers, graduate school informa­ tion, and internships. What resulted from Walsh’s idea of providing career guidance is Carroll’s Career and Testing Ser­ vices. Walsh says, “We help stu­ dents make sense of their options and give them the confidence and skills to launch a fulfilling career.” Currently, Walsh is work­ ing on her PhD at the University of Montana, seeking a degree in educational leadership with a focus in higher education administration. ing fellowships and assistantships, federal aid in the form of grants, as well as loans. Walsh says, “the formula for financing graduate school is hard work, debt, and frugal living.” Carroll Senior, Brenda Stephenson found the financial aid lecture the most helpful, stating, “to provide this workshop is not something that many schools do and it is nice to have these resourc­ es available.” Walsh concluded the pre­ sentation by placing importance on preparation, stating, “remember, luck tends to favor the well pre­ pared.” Prior to Walsh’s work at Carroll, she was employed as a be­ havioral analyst where she helped integrate developmental^ disabled adults into the community. Walsh says, “I often think how lucky I am, how blessed I am to do some­ thing I love, that makes me feel good about what I do.” In 2004, Walsh was select­ ed as the National Career Practi­ tioner of the Year by the National Career Development Association because of her help with students. If you are a Carroll student not sure about your future career plans, contact Career Services at 457-2713. Theater production reviewed bv kellie blankenstein Walsh guides careers The cast of 19 Carroll students ranging from freshmen to seniors put on a fabulous rendition of the musical “Working,” which ran from October 19th through the 22nd as well as October 26th to the 29th. “Working” was originally adapted from the book by Studs Terkel, outlining the working-class men and women of America who are all too often taken for granted;«» An array of people of different occupations had the opportunity to tell their story, ranging from the prostitute who started at age 15, to a UPS man, ranting about the nui­ sance of delivering with little dogs in the way. The housewife sang her tale of woe for being nothing more than ‘somebody’s mother.’ Freshmen Chelsey Jones said, “I thought it was good. My favorite part was when the housewife told her side of the story.” Amy Hahn added that “The message was great; it was straightforward and easy to understand.” The luggage factory workers complained of suffering from arthritis, poor work conditions, and long hours, while the clerk at the supermarket was an immigrant, who formerly picked produce, and sings a song refut­ ing a patron blaming poor produce on people. Often we don’t think about the work that goes into the products we use «n a daily basis. We don’t recognize that the goods that we use were created by our fellow human beings. Although at times it was difficult to hear due to poor acoustics, the message did remain intact; about the value of work and how we all too often take for granted where our products and services originate from. Next on the Carroll College theatre series is “A Christmas Carol”, by Charles Dickens, adapted by Doris Baizely, which will run December 1st and 2nd, as well as the 8th and 9th. 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