The Many Myth-Busters

To get admitted into the top Ivy-league schools is indeed a very difficult nut to crack. Understandably, there are many theories that are dished out time and again, which on most occasions are mere myths, and the aspirants who themselves are very inexperienced and are vulnerable take them to be the gospel truth.

The more the value of the schools, the more desperation creeps in among the students and hence more misunderstandings have crept in.

The few myths that need to be busted:

  • Extraordinary grades at the under-graduate level is not the pinnacle; admission is not guaranteed if you have exceptional grades. True, this is one the parameters that will give you recognition but it is not the only point. Often students are lured into the feeling that if good grades can get them into the under-graduate level, the same will be the case at the graduation levels. The parameters of filtering the students here are very different. Extrapolating this further, even students who have average grades need not get too worked up, because grades are one of the many criteria that will be evaluated by the selection panel. The application form, the reference letters, the admission essay, extra-curricular activities and other factors which we will discuss about in detail in the coming chapters play an equally crucial role.
  • Another theory that needs proper explanation is that the graduate schools are not merely focused on subject and theoretically based approach. What matters more in these schools is the development of research and analytical skills.
  • One myth that forever hinders students are the financial constraint. Students need to understand that if you have already made the decision to go ahead with your graduation program, there are many different ways which will fund your education. Taking up teaching assistantship, research assistant-ship, fellowships and scholarships. Also one can avail the luxury of bank loans. Many banks will be quite willing to fund your education as they believe your career would see a positive leap after graduation.
  • One needs to understand that co-relating under-graduate and graduate schools is a big mistake. Graduate programs are a mix of theoretical and research based programs. Apart from learning and attending classes, the students are expected to formulate their own opinion, invest more time in research work and also spend some time teaching. They are expected to work independently on their projects with proper understanding of the subject.
  • Never compare the classes of an under-graduate and a graduate school. You may spend less time in a graduate school attending classes. You may appear in fewer exams, and here grades are not the driving point. The urge to excel depends on how practical the ideas that you have formulated are.
  • Another misconception that hogs the mind-set of pass outs is that just because you have a Masters degree, your career will be boosted. Setting high goals is important to succeed, but setting practical ones are even more important. There is no denying the fact that a masters or a specialized degree will give you the attention; however, what you then make of it will depend entirely upon your knowledge and the way you deal with situations and people.

Ideally, we believe that an experienced candidate stands a much better chance of flourishing in a graduate school. Once you have forayed into the professional field after your under-graduation, you are better equipped to understand which subjects will be best suited for you.

It is no denying that top organizations (corporate) today are very bullish when it comes to recruiting people, and they are very blunt and frank when they say that they prefer students only from the top Ivy-league colleges.