Maybe you’re thinking of applying to graduate school or you’ve applied to
graduate school and you’ve got accepted. This is exciting news! You are working
your way towards your goals and future career.
I am currently Master of Social Work intern with Motivated Wellness Solutions
LLC, and here are a few things I have learned after completing my first year of
1. Encourage Yourself
Whether you use positive affirmations, quotes, scriptures, cultural proverbs or
post it note reminders, encourage yourself as you begin and continue through the
2. Stay Organized
Organization is a must as you navigate through challenging classes and
assignments. Organize the locations you’ll be saving your assignments and
notes. If you’re using a laptop or computer make a folder for each class and save
the syllabus to the folder. Also organize your notes by topic so you can refer back
to it as needed.
3. Time Management
Not only is organizing your assignments important but so is organizing your time.
Use a paper planner or electronic calendar to schedule class times and study
times. If you’re going to be in program that requires internship hours or volunteer
hours designate the time in your week. Also if you’re wondering how you will
balance full-time or part-time work while in school, use those designate hours for
study sessions to get your assignments completed. Don’t forget to leave 10-20
minutes for yourself, you’re important too!
4. Paying for School
And of course paying for school. There are a few options for graduate school
such as assistantships and fellowships. Many schools advertise these positions
in February and March, but it may not be too late depending on the school you
plan on attending. Also scholarships do exist for graduate students, look for
funding for the career field or program you are entering. For example CSWE
(Council for Social Work Education) offers scholarships for Social Work students
and AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nurses) offers scholarships for
Also if you are currently working, check with your company/organization to find
out if they offer tuition assistance programs.
Hopefully these tips are helpful as you in embark on your graduate school
journey. Until next time, stay motivated.