Category: Tips + Advice

Advice from the Other Side: Learning Languages

Bonjour! Joyeux Vendredi! Why am I starting this blog post in another language, Terriers? Can you identify the language or, better yet, what it says? (We all have Google so I know that you’ll figure out that I’ve said “Hello! Happy Friday!” in French). I studied French all through high school and college, and I ...

Careers with the Federal Government

Thinking about an internship for the summer? Worried about what you’re going to do when you graduate? We’ve all been there. You have so many options, and a great one includes working with the federal government. Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t have to be a political science major to work for the federal government. ...

Advice from the Other Side: Email Etiquette

Happy Friday, Terriers! Before we launch into the weekend, I need to have an important chat with you about email. Why would I need to talk to you about email? We all know how to email, right? Unfortunately, this is often not the case. When you’re working full time, you’ll be sending emails constantly, and ...

Your Grad School Personal Statement: Part 4

Editor's Note: This is the final installment of the four-part series. My first three tips urge you to use your personal statement to explain the depth and complexity of your motivation for pursuing your chosen field. But what if a big part of your motivation is…money? Don’t worry. Go ahead and draft one or two ...

Advice from the Other Side: The First 90 Days

Congratulations! You’ve survived the interview process and have begun your first post-college job. You can relax a bit now that the initial job search is over (phew) but be careful not to relax too much. Read on for a few tips on making the most of your first 90 days on the job. Set goals. During ...

Your Grad School Personal Statement: Part 3

Editor's Note: This is part three of a four-part series. In my previous posts, I suggested that you structure your essay around a theme not a timeline, and make the theme your core drive or drives that explain specifically your experience and goals. A key word here is core. It’s not enough to say that you want ...

Advice from the Other Side: Procrastination

It’s time to talk about the elephant in the room that often keeps you from tackling tasks efficiently: procrastination.

Your Grad School Personal Statement: Part 2

Editor's Note: This is part two of a four-part series.  When explaining why you want to go to grad school, it’s natural to trace the relevant parts of your experience through time. Organized that way, the essay is chronological. As a place to start, this structure is good because it’s pretty easy to complete a first ...

Your Grad School Personal Statement: Part 1

Editor's Note: This is part one of a four-part series.  Four things will make your grad school personal statement successful. The first is to focus on motivation, rather than trying to stand out. For your personal statement, many will advise you to be unique, to find a hook or angle in order to stand out ...

Making the Most of a Challenging Internship Experience

Even with the best-laid plans, you may find yourself in a challenging internship.  The reasons for this can vary – from being given tasks that are dull and routine to having a difficult supervisor.   To try and help prevent this possibility even before you apply for an internship, be sure to do your research ...