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Hi! This is Yuki, and I would like to provide you with some tips & things to remember regarding graduate school applications as an international student.

1. Start collecting information about the program you are interested in early

Some of the things you could do to learn more about Penn GSE include reading student blogs that provide you with information about...

As an undergraduate, I always thought I’d go to graduate school -- I just didn’t know when, or for what. As college graduation approached, I didn’t have a clear idea about what kind of degree I wanted, likely because I was still unclear about what career I wanted to pursue. Though I’d entered college planning on becoming a clinical psychologist, I was leaving with the feeling that I wasn’t...

I have to be honest, my decision to, first, apply and then attend to Penn was a bit serendipitous. As you recall, I am from Southern California, and I am also a first-generation college student. My parents have always been incredibly encouraging and proudof dreams. They do their best to help me in any way they can, but because they have no experience with what I went and am currently going...

Hi everyone! My name is Katya Murillo, a southern California native. Honestly, growing up in SoCal, I never thought I would want to leave, I mean who would when you have Disneyland, the beach, the mountains, and the dessert all less than a two-hour drive away in any direction? Plus, my favorite part about living in SoCal was being a "short" 6-hour drive from my family in Baja California,...

After graduating from my alma mater, Paul Quinn College, attending a selective elite institution was always in the plan. Admission to graduate school was something I knew I would need, considering my life goals and career trajectory, mainly because of the narrowed focus and collaborative nature professional school provides for its students. This fine-tooth comb was what I desired so that I...

I visited every institution that I applied to. This was something I did when I applied to undergrad institutions and it served me well in deciding which institutions feltlike the right fit. There were institutions that on paper (or now, online) sounded like great fits, but visiting left me with a different idea. As I walked onto Penn’s campus, on a rainy Saturday in March, I looked around to...

One of my program’s favorite things to say is “it depends” when it comes to situations in counseling and mental health. The same can be applied to nearly every situation in life, especially the decision on where to go to graduate school.

Personally, I applied to four schools; three in New Jersey, plus Penn. The three New Jersey schools were “ranked” differently, however their...

I decided to apply to Penn GSE shortly after a stint in a financial role in New York City the summer of my junior year. I had worked for years towards getting this position and I was quickly realizing that it was not the kind of work that would suit me for a career. I was feeling incredibly overwhelmed by the city and the need to be at work for upwards of twelve hours, but incredibly...

As the time drew near to choose which graduate programs I was going to apply to, Penn wasn’t even on my original list. I visited schools like NYU, dabbled with Columbia, and a few other small programs in New Jersey. It wasn’t until a professor of mine, whom I truly admire, who one day in class just said flat out to me, “Why don’t you look at Penn?”

At first, I thought “no way would a...

I spent my first year after undergrad in an elementary school as a full-time literacy intervention tutor and the next two years at the literacy nonprofit that implemented the program. I knew that I was interested in staying in the education field, but I was not 100% sure what specific role I wanted in my career.

I was extremely fortunate to work closely with many former and current...